In the last month, we’ve seen signs that Melbourne’s hospitality scene is slowly coming back to life. Restaurants and bars shuttered for the better part of a year have begun to open their doors again – with some changes, like increased outdoor dining and vast takeaway options, still on the cards for the foreseeable future.

As part of an initiative encouraging diners to return to restaurants, Bank of Melbourne is contributing more than $250,000 to venues across the city in December. Select customers will receive one of 2,000 restaurant vouchers and several venues will be featured on Bank of Melbourne’s own social channels. Support will also be given to SecondBite, a not-for-profit organisation that will provide 100,000 meals to vulnerable Victorians experiencing food insecurity this December.

“We would encourage all Melburnians to think about ways to support small businesses and the hospitality sector this Christmas, if they are in a position to do so,” Bank of Melbourne chief executive, Mark Melvin said.

The venues receiving financial support includes Secret Kitchen, The Mitre Tavern, The George on Collins and Kirk’s Wine Bar in the city, Hu Tong Dumpling in the city and Prahran, Park Street Pasta and Wine in South Melbourne, Hawthorn’s St. Cloud Eating House, The Bush Inn in Toorak, Bok Choy Brighton and The Dava Hotel in Mornington.

Support Melbourne hospitality this festive season by booking a table at your favourite local, or simply buying a voucher.