After six years, Beaconsfield’s destination garden-to-plate restaurant O.My is moving to bigger and better pastures – right next door. Like the original, the new diner will seat around 25, but there’ll also be an intimate wine bar with room for 20 people, that’ll be stocked with local drops and booze-friendly snacks.
Brothers Chayse and Blayne Bertoncello opened O.My in 2013, and have since won a swathe of awards and recognition for the restaurant’s sustainable philosophy and progressive food offering.
“For the last six years pouring wine, I’ve realized how many people want to just go and have a nice quiet drink [somewhere] that doesn’t feel like the pub,” says Chayse, who works as sommelier and handles the front of house while head chef Blayne is in charge of the kitchen and farm.
When the post office next door became available, the pair knew they’d found the one. Inside they found original 130-year-old timber flooring, high ceilings, detailed plasterwork and a large window looking out from the kitchen onto the dining room. They signed the papers, got the keys, and started renovations not long after.
The wine bar – which will be completed next month – will live in the front room of the old post office, with communal bench seating and spots looking out the front window. The atmosphere will be intimate and relaxed, similar to the current O.My. A few weeks later, the restaurant will move to its new home, a light-filled and spacious dining room at the back with large circular tables.
Dishes carrying over to the new diner include a zero-waste pumpkin dish that uses the entire vegetable (core, flesh, seeds, skins and all) and a Jerusalem artichoke dish that layers different parts and textures from the vegetable. The bar menu will feature meats cured in-house, such as venison bresaola and kangaroo jerky.
"The ideas we have evolve as the years go on, but the same mentality always sticks,” says Chayse. “How can we use this product better, how can we showcase it more?"
Wine will come from Gippsland and the Yarra Valley, and there’ll be international bottles from a few selected small producers.
O.My has always been a family affair. The two opened the restaurant six years ago with brother Tyler, who has since left the business, and are now renovating the new digs with the help of their carpenter brother Clay.
“A lot of guests of the restaurant who’ve got businesses are getting involved as well,” Chayse says. “It's pretty cool, right now we've got three customers who are helping us with the build: plumbing, plastering and electrics.”
Before, after and sometimes during dinner service, someone is always working at the reno site, but despite all the work going on, the brothers have no intention for a major transformation.
“This new venue is just going to be O.My 2.0,” says Chayse. "Just a little bit more polished and more organised. It’s going to be the dream restaurant we’ve always wanted but we couldn’t do in our current building.”
O.My will move from 23 Woods Street to 19-21 Woods Street, Beaconsfield in the coming months, with the wine bar opening in mid-May and the restaurant following in mid-June.