They say good things come to those who wait. And we have been waiting for Higher Ground Melbourne – the new CBD cafe by The Kettle Black’s Nathan Toleman and co. – since we first previewed the site in January 2015.
The builders are packing up this Friday with all the furniture making its way in early next week. The doors will open on Tuesday June 28 from 7am. It’ll trade seven days a week, including three nights.
Toleman says, “We are trying to blur the lines. Not a cafe, not a restaurant. Come for breakfast, stay for dinner.”
“We were so inspired by all of the great hotels and restaurants in London and New York. Places where you check in and didn’t want to leave. Soho House, the Ace Hotel, London Edition.”
Located on the corner of Little Bourke and Spencer Streets, the 300-square-metre former power station has truly beautiful bones and a soaring ceiling (Toleman estimates it’s about 15 metres high).
A mezzanine level will wrap around the interior, where people can stay on after breakfast without pressure to leave.
Collingwood’s DesignOffice is charged with the interior design. Toleman says, “They have a beautiful restraint in their design. I think the space we’re working in needs a level of restraint.”
While Toleman is the familiar face of the group, he shares ownership with the three other original Top Paddock owners (Ben Clark, Diamond Rozakeas and Sam Slattery) as well as Higher Ground general manager Kim Sheridan and executive chef Nate Wilkins.
Toleman says the menu will be quite innovative and technique-driven: in the way his other venues Top Paddock and The Kettle Black took it “to another level, we want to take it further with Higher Ground”.
Higher Ground Melbourne opens at 650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, on June 28.
Higher Ground Melbourne is now hiring through Scout. Apply for a job here.
UPDATE: Higher Ground is now opening June 28, not June 27.