The philosophy at Laneway Greens has always been to provide nutrient-rich food packed with flavour. And while that hasn’t changed, the way Melburnians experience it has.
The slick salad bar closed all its Melbourne stores in March, in response to lockdown. “We had some long discussions about what the next 12 to 24 months could look like for hospitality in Melbourne,” CEO Richard Docherty said in a statement. “The general consensus was that we didn’t know, and we didn’t want to put all of our eggs into one basket amidst so much uncertainty.”
Earlier this month, the Richmond and Flinders Lane locations were snapped up by Fishbowl, Sydney’s similarly minded Japanese salad empire, which opened its first Melbourne outpost in Docklands last year. (The Exhibition Street site is still up for grabs.)
While Laneway Greens has done away with bricks and mortar, Melburnians can still get their fix with weekly at-home meal boxes for two or four people. Upcoming dishes include spiced Moroccan tagine with falafel and lemon-roasted cauliflower; flaky fish and roast-veggie fajitas; and meat-free “chilli non-carne” with slaw.
Over the coming months, you’ll also start to see Laneway Greens salads and other products in select supermarkets and independent grocery stores. And a number of pop-ups, in different locations around Melbourne, are in the works; keep an eye on the Instagram page for updates.
Fishbowl is slated to open in Richmond in late October, and in the CBD in November. Laneway Greens’ meal boxes start at $109 for five meals and are available online for Melbourne-wide delivery.