Over the last few months we’ve been working closely with our partners Bank of Melbourne on a very exciting project called The Keys, a competition to help one of Melbourne’s favourite cafes take the next step and open a brand new venue in the next few months.

Following on from their previous cafe success and after building a local profile, the cafe operator who receives The Keys will be guided on their journey by four key industry mentors – Kate Bartholomew (Coda, Tonka), Nathan Toleman (Two Birds One Stone, Top Paddock), Chris Lucas (Chin Chin, Baby) and Bank of Melbourne’s local business manager, Vanessa Hastie.

Two weeks ago we published the first in a series of short videos documenting the journey so far, and now, we are very excited to be unveiling who we'll be working with on The Keys, as chosen by our mentors.

After thousands of entries from Broadsheet readers, we narrowed the entries down to three finalists – Kris Wood of Clement and Tom Thumb, John Vroom and Steph Manolas of Ora and Andrew Kelly of Auction Rooms. All three of these proposals would make excellent additions to Melbourne’s cafe landscape, and we are looking forward to seeing them come to life.

However, we could choose only one project to work with this time around, so watch the second episode of our video series here to find out which cafe operator from the three finalists will be taking the next step with The Keys.

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