Changes are afoot and things are about to spice up at the Crown Complex, with Neil Perry set to open a Melbourne arm of his successful Spice Temple.

Scheduled for opening in October this year, Perry’s latest venture at Crown (in addition to his Rockpool Bar & Grill) will take over the space currently occupied by Bistro Guillaume and Le Bar. But fear not, Guillaume will be back in mid-2011 as a Parisian-inspired French bistro with sun terrace, taking the place of The Brasserie by Philippe Mouchel, which will be closing at the end of the month.

The Melbourne Spice Temple will be based on the same principles as its Sydney counterpart, showcasing cuisine from the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunnan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Xinjiang. Architect and interior design consultant Grant Cheyne will head up the design of Melbourne’s Spice Temple, but the restaurant’s look is set to draw inspiration from its Sydney counterpart.

Perry will also be opening a new lobby bar at Crown Towers for guests and visitors.

Sure it looks like a big ol’ game of musical chairs but it’s all part of Crown’s $212 million upgrade and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished result.

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