• After a complicated build, Chinatown cocktail spot Union Electric has added a new rooftop bar dedicated to gin.

• Inside an old bank in the west there's a new cafe by day and cooking school by night. All the equipment you'll need to put your new cooking skills to work in your own home is for sale, too.

• Joseph Abboud (Rumi, Moor’s Head), Ari Vlassopoulos (ex-Pei Modern) and Rumi head chef Tom Sarafian are opening Middle Eastern restaurant Bar Saracen in the CBD.

• Fury & Son has opened a classic brewpub in Keilor, filled with handmade wood tables in a spacious industrial warehouse.

• We got a first peek at the spectacular 20-species diorama installation at Morgan McGlone’s new CBD restaurant Natural History. Take a look.

• Guy Grossi’s Pezzo has launched Free Fridays, offering a giveaway item with every pezzo purchased on a Friday, such as free hot chips, ice-cream sandwiches or bomboloni.

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• South Yarra’s once-diminutive Italian bistro Thirty Eight Chairs has reopened after a dramatic refurbishment. It’s unrecognisable.

• Durian, lychee and Turkish delight: it's uncommon flavours, frozen, at the newly opened Beku Gelato on Lygon Street.

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