The philosophy at Laneway Greens is simple: serve food that uses quality local produce – ethically and sustainably sourced – and make it accessible to a wide community.
“We share this Greek tenacity … Our sights for Laneway Greens are to change the standard of fast food on a national and global scale,” says Luke Cala, who owns the health-food bar with brothers Adrian and Fabian.
The first Laneway Greens opened two years ago on Flinders Lane and seats just 12 people. The brothers’ second diner has opened on Swan Street in Richmond as a third is being built on Exhibition Street in the city. Both restaurants seat 60 people – sizeable upgrades compared with their predecessor.
The brothers liked the Swan Street location because they felt the area lacked their brand of affordable but sustainability-focused fast food.
“The Richmond crowd are also pretty time-poor, so it’s a great everyday offering that’s quick and easy,” Cala says.
In the morning, grab a breakfast bowl of almond granola with biodynamic Mungalli Creek Yoghurt or a kale and kiwi smoothie. For lunch and dinner, most bowls are vegetarian or gluten free, and you can add proteins such as Cape Grim grass-fed beef, poached free-range chicken and Ōra King roasted salmon.
A short all-natural wine list of a single red, white and rosé (curated Campbell Burton) is available in Richmond, alongside three beers: Garage Project Pilsner, Mount Peninsula Lager and Balter XPA. Liberty Kombucha, from Victoria, is also on tap. Coffee is single-origin batch brew from Industry Beans.
“We’re one of the first to be kegging natural, unfiltered and sulphate-free wine and it’s a great solution for many reasons,” says Cala. “We can maintain a price point of $9 a glass, the kegs are fully biodegradable and there isn’t the need to use so many bottles.”
Modl Studio is responsible for the minimal, Japanese-feeling fit-out, which features lots of Tasmanian oak. It’s a polished space, but it’s warm – ideal for a quick and quiet weeknight meal.
This is fast food, but there’s no menu board here. Instead, grab one of the fold-out menus from the communal table or hanging from the wall. Inside you’ll find information on Laneway’s suppliers, including Hand ‘n’ Hoe Organics, Slater Farms and Hunted + Gathered.
“We have very different conversations with our suppliers,” Cala says. “We start with our shared values, not with price. We want to give back to the industry just as much as we take and be the connector to educate consumers and our suppliers, too.”
A few classic dishes will appear at all three venues, but each store will also have exclusive seasonal dishes.
“In December we have a hot-smoked trout dish launching in our Richmond store,” Cala gives as an example. “It’s fresh, wholesome and I think really speaks to summer.”
89a Swan Street, Richmond
Mon to Fri 8am–10pm
Sat & Sun 9am–10pm
(03) 9428 3453