• The family that built Stalactites has opened a tiny takeaway souvlaki spot on Elizabeth Street, Hella Good.

• In our latest “After Service”, we discover how Shaun Quade of Lûmé went from McDonald’s to creating one of Melbourne’s most audacious fine diners.

• There’s something different about Burnley Brewing – it’s not like other brewpubs. It’s another great addition for Bridge Road’s growing beer cred.

• Aaron Turner’s Hot Chicken Project is launching a Summer Sunday Session series. Expect natural wine and guest chefs taking over the fryers at the Igni owner’s fried-chook joint.

• With a slice in one hand and a fruity cocktail in the other, dance beneath the disco ball past midnight at Takeaway Pizza, the new spot from the Dexter team.

• Online store, cheese club and delivery service Cornelius Cheesemongers is giving the public direct access to its “cheese cave” for the first time.

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• Laneway Greens has opened its second venue: a minimalist all-day diner on Swan Street serving nutritious, seasonal food and natural wine.

• Whisky & Alement is opening up its rare-whisky vault to the public for the first time. Merry Christmas.

• Mörk Chocolate is baking Christmas pies this year, putting a new spin on the traditional – and love-it-or-hate-it – mince pie.

• Asado Bar and Grill is the San Telmo and Pastuso family’s soon-to-open Southbank restaurant. You can expect South American barbeque with a Spanish twist.

• Back for a second year, chef Matt Wilkinson will be hosting his Summer Camp Cookouts in the courtyard of his Brunswick East restaurant, Pope Joan.

• Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has announced its 2018 program. Get ready for 300-plus events statewide over 10 days, including a pop-up foodie hotel.

• The Village Belle Hotel, a storied St Kilda pub, has undergone a slick and dramatic overhaul.

• The Craft & Co will be tapping a random keg at 5pm every Friday over summer and pouring free beers until it runs empty.

• The Mount Erica has reopened in Prahran. The new owners – also behind Marquis of Lorne and Union House – have created a bright and welcoming pub to which the locals have flocked.

• Ronnie Di Stasio has purchased a Spring Street property opposite Treasury Gardens. Between Collins Street and Flinders Lane, the site will become Di Stasio Citta.