DOC co-founder Tony Nicolini has a new eatery in the south, serving “alternative” pizza, four types of margherita and minimal-intervention wine.

•After years of pop-ups and a venue lost to fire, Melbourne’s king of American barbeque has finally found a permanent home.

•A former Tipo 00 chef is heading up the kitchen at sophisticated new east-side wine bar Pembroke.

•Laneway Festival co-founder Jerome Borazio is opening a huge rooftop pool club in the middle of the CBD. It’ll be a nod to typical Australian public pools – with some very Jerome-esque updates.

•Borazio has also opened an urban general store in the west stocking goods from Dench Bakers and St. David’s Dairy, plus a Franco Cozzo-inspired focaccia.

•General stores must be making a comeback – this modern-day take is well worth the road trip.

•Richmond is getting a gin distillery. Brogan’s Way is by a father and daughter team, and it’s housed in a former automotive factory.

•Following founder Paul Wilson’s sudden departure, Wilson and Market has a new head chef, with credentials from Estelle Bistro, Saint Crispin and Vue De Monde.

•From Ukranian sour cherry pelmeni, to cheese-filled Lebanese mamool; we’ve found Melbourne’s best sweet dumplings.

•Modern Southeast Asian eatery Sunda is hosting a lunch to raise funds for R U OK? Day. Book tickets to experience those stellar Wagyu rendang buns.