• An old whitegoods store has become Kew’s new all-day diner, Dawson.

• Hanoi Hannah New Quarter is the biggest and boldest of all the Hanoi Hannah venues with dishes direct from the Vietnamese capital. Here’s our first look.

• Love dumplings? You can try versions from sixteen countries at a special event at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

• Sydney late-night institution Mr Crackles is coming to Melbourne. Prepare for cups of pork crackling, crispy chicken-katsu rolls and potato gems served until the early hours.

• Carlton Wine Room has reopened after a dramatic renovation, with two Andrew McConnell group alums, and the former sommelier of Coda and Tonka.

• Popular Japanese eatery Wabi Sabi Salon is getting a design – and food – makeover (its first in 14 years).

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Sensory Lab’s new outpost in one of Melbourne’s most famous skyscrapers puts food on the same pedestal as coffee and design.

• More than $500,000 of wine is thought to have been lost due to a blaze at fine diner Ten Minutes by Tractor; a fire engulfed a storage facility.

• Melbourne hospitality veteran Julien Moussi has transformed an old furniture warehouse into a luxe daytime diner in Fitzroy.

• Everyday Coffee is giving away free coffee every day this week at its Collingwood and Midtown locations. Only catch – it's decaf.

• Is your hangover cure hair of the dog? Or a cup of coffee? You'll find both at the second annual On the Bend / On the Mend festival this month.