After a couple of months renovation, Spanish eatery Bebida opened their doors last night to reveal a new look and a new socially and environmentally-conscious menu.

Although Bebida, which is Spanish for drink, has been around for quite a number of years, the new owner James Rennie rightly felt that it was time for a change to reflect the changing tastes of the local customer base. With that focus in mind, he and his staff have made local sourcing their main focus.

“Coming from London, I’ve seen a lot of cheap imports from Europe really damage local industries and I feel that the same thing may be happening in Australia. We just want to do our bit, from getting local artists and carpenters to decorate our restaurant, to using local farmers…and of course the food always tastes better, when you know it’s been grown organically,” says Rennie.

An extensive, all-day breakfast menu features corn fritters and breakfast burritos, while a selection of grazing plates includes an antipasto board, pork belly in a weekly rotating style, and even chargrilled kangaroo.

The whiskey is Tasmanian, the gin is from Mornington and the seasonal beer selections are also from local micro-breweries. Even the furnishings are a little familiar, right down to the beautiful old Northcote train station benches.

They also plan to support emerging bands by hosting live shows, as well showcasing work from from local artists on the walls.

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After almost 10 weeks of renovation, with an entirely new décor, renovated courtyard, new menus to best reflect the marriage of Bebida’s Spanish roots and the new focus on fresh local produce, James and his crew are ready for their second coming.

325 Smith Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9419 3260

Mon 8.30am to 5pm
Wed to Sun 8.30am to late