Dave Parker, co-owner of a string of South American-influenced dining spots (San Telmo, Pastuso, Palermo and Asado) is heading west for his next venture: Sebastian Beach Bar and Grill in Williamstown.
Together with long-time friend Alex Brawn, Parker is taking over the heritage-listed foreshore building (formerly Sirens restaurant, and more recently Shelly’s Beach Pavilion), which has been closed since February this year.
"The focus is on simplicity, good food and having fun," says Parker.
The pair named the new spot after San Sebastian in Spain, and the menu will be heavily influenced by the region – expect grilled meats and fish, pintxos and a casual, laid-back approach to dining.
“The restaurants in San Sebastian are amazing. That simple charcoal grilling and just the style of eating," Parker says. “It's a very social style of eating – the little bits of bread and simple, really flavourful dishes.”
In keeping with Parker’s other restaurants, fire, char and smoke will permeate the menu, fuelled by a bespoke charcoal grill.
Design firm Ewert Leaf (Palermo, Neptune Wine Bar, Hanoi Hannah New Quarter) is looking after the refit of the heritage-listed building. Once complete, the design will take advantage of the natural, beachside setting with white walls, oak-timber finishes and expansive windows looking over the water. There’ll be room for 250 split between a bistro, bar area, casual dining room and waterfront deck. There are plans to set up a takeaway deli too.
Sebastian Beach Bar and Grill is expected to open in November.