When Jerome Borazio’s summer-long pop-up pool party (better known as Reunion Island Pool Club) opens on October 26, it’ll be a spectacular city spot to sip and dip, with 10 temperature-controlled plunge pools and multiple bars as well as rooftop yoga, Pilates and meditation.
Now, Borazio – the man behind Ponyfish Island, Back Alley Sally’s and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival – has announced Collingwood burger joint Easey’s and Fitzroy health temple Superfluid will front the food offering.
Easey’s will man The Kiosk. Co-owner Jimmy Hurlston, also known as “Jimmy's Burgers” after the exceedingly popular Instagram account he runs, says the menu will be loaded with LA-style poolside snacks.
“Everyone knows the pool clubs of Las Vegas and LA are a haven for debauchery – and people with amazing bodies,” Hurlston says. “I had to find a balance between what Easey’s does and what people in Melbourne would be willing to be seen eating by the pool. We came up with a combination of those classic US dishes and a bit of your classic Aussie pool canteen.”
There’ll be a club sandwich (marinated chicken breast, Challenger Smallgoods bacon, iceberg), Italo-American style pizza, and a fried onion burger, inspired by American burger expert and documentary filmmaker George Motz. “It is as pure as the driven white snow,” Hurlston says. “Meat, cheese, onion and bun. You take the meat and smash the finely sliced onion into it. The result is a juicy, cheesy sandwich that doesn’t require sauce.”
At the other end of the spectrum, plant-based eatery Superfluid will run a pop-up juice and tonic bar – but there’ll be regular bars too, slinging summery cocktails, ice-cold beers from Kirin Ichiban, Gintonica gin, and Pimm’s on tap.
Borazio also has a general store in the works, which he’s stocking with Bubble O’ Bills and budgie smugglers from Aussie swimwear label Skwosh Club. Staff will be dressed in Superdry garb, and true fans can pick up branded Reunion Island product designed by long-time St Jerome's collaborator Brendan Coghlan, who Hurlston says was part of the reason he jumped at the chance to be part of this project.
“It was a no brainer. The concept is incredible,” Hurlston says. “It’ll be all over every travel magazine and television show. Who the hell wouldn’t want to have a good time by the pool on the roof of a building in the greatest city in the world?”
Reunion Island Pool Club will initially open for private bookings only, with prices starting from $100 per hour for a four-person session.
Reunion Island Pool Club is now taking bookings from Friday October 26 onward. It will open to the public soon afterward and will run for seven months at Melbourne Central, corner La Trobe and Swanson streets, Melbourne.