Morgan McGlone’s ambitious new CBD restaurant, Natural History Bar and Grill, will finally open next week. Broadsheet can reveal the first comprehensive look inside the restaurant’s dramatic interiors following the reveal of its 15-metre-long taxidermy diorama last month.
Design cues for the 120-seat space were taken from New York museums and bistros. It has red leather banquettes, a candy-striped bar with stools reminiscent of the city’s local diners and checkered floors. The restaurant is a collaboration between McGlone, the 100 Burgers group and publican-design duo Jaime Wirth and Michael Delany.
The venue has two distinct spaces: a cafe serving pastries and doughnuts from Donut Shop Coffee and Donuts in Fitzroy and porchetta rolls and bagels, and and a restaurant in the style of a quintessential American bar and grill, but done in a modern-Australian style.
The wine list will run about 45 to 50 per cent natural, and there’ll be a focus on Eastern European spirits. Party promoters Animals Dancing will curate the music.
Power outages at the site have set the restaurant’s opening back several weeks. Hopefully all the hype doesn’t blow the fuse box when the venue opens next week.
Natural History is due to open Wednesday March 14 at 401 Collins Street, Melbourne.