With a focus on cocktails and a distinctive narrow space, Nahji Chu has signed the lease on the latest addition to the Misschu family, this time in South Yarra.
Working with her regular designer Kano Hollamby and a familiar concept, the new addition will be recognisably Misschu by design, but as with all Misschu venues, will possess a distinct personality of its own. The South Yarra venue will be appropriately named ‘Misschu Long and Skinny’ to reflect its elongated space. Chu says she looked for a while to find the right space in the area, but that the quirks of the final spot ticked all the boxes.
“There is a South Yarra skyline,” says Chu, referring to the long slanting window that stretches down one wall, through which diners will be able to gaze out onto South Yarra. Chu also plans to commission a mural to run below the window that will depict different fashion designers and where they started out in South Yarra, drawing on her own history working in the fashion industry in Melbourne and highlighting her interest in engaging with and tapping into the creativity of the city.
“It’ll be a timeline of all the different designers that have worked on Chapel Street,” she says. It’s almost a bit of a retrospective looking back at the fashion hub from the early 80s through to the 90s.
“It will seat around 90 people, which is big for us,” says Chu. “It’s meant to be our commercial kitchen as well, so we can do big, high-end stuff, which we haven’t been able to do in Melbourne just yet.”
Expect a light installation of around 100 bulbs, a focus on Vietnamese barbecue and Bánh xèo when the latest Misschu opens in late September. We’ll be sure to let you know exactly when.