When it’s completed next year, the Munro development on the corner of Queen and Therry streets will be the city’s largest new community hub, with a public library, affordable housing, family health services, a boutique hotel and 2500 square metres of open space.
It also marks a new era for the Queen Victoria Market precinct, with several well-loved local hospitality names taking up residence in the development’s sizable retail and hospitality space over the next few months. Operating night and day, seven days a week, they’ll be showcasing the market’s produce and bringing the vibes.
Brick Lane Market is an immersive two-storey craft beer experience taking over the former Mercat Cross Hotel site. The Dandenong-based Brick Lane Brewing produced its first beer at the Vic Market, and founder Paul Bowker says he’s excited to be expanding the business on home turf.
Popular Albert Park sushi and seafood takeaway joint Moonfishh will offer a menu driven by seasonal market offerings, providing what it calls a “full-sensory” sushi experience.
South Melbourne favourite St Ali will burn the candle at both ends with new venture St Ali & the Queen. The all-day offering will serve up the cafe’s beloved beans alongside a breakfast and lunch menu, and keep the party going with cocktails after dark.
Specialty roaster Market Lane Coffee is opening its third store in the market precinct, for all your ethical and sustainable coffee needs . And to sweeten the deal, Olinda-based artisan producer Only Mine Chocolate will be sharing its handmade intergalactic chocolate orbs in its first city venue.
The new outlets will join low-waste wine bar and bottle shop Rewine, which is already operating in the Munro development.
Vic market CEO Stan Liacos says the new businesses and extended hours will build on 144 years of trading history at the site, and “represent an energising new chapter for the Queen Victoria Market”.