Like their previous haunts, the revitalised spot will offer modern Asian food in a relaxed environment. "When the Saint started 12 years ago, it was more of a nightclub or bar-type offering," Nguyen says. He was a partner in the sprawling venue back then, when it was a Sunday-night institution for early-twenties club kids. "I think the market's changed since then,” he says. "People no longer wait until after midnight before going out.”
The new St will bring in the early-evening crowd with Thai food from chef Sean Judd (Longrain, Chin Chin) priced at $5 to $25, including Chiang Mai hot dogs, caramel pork hock and stir-fried mud crab. Cocktails will also figure prominently.
The two-storey venue will be divided into four distinct spaces: public bar, dining room, a swanky lounge named The Supper Club and a 200-patron nightclub with a 3am license. Two 20-seat rooms will cater to private diners. Opening is slated for late October.
54 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda