Just a week after iconic St Kilda restaurant Stokehouse was sadly destroyed by fire, the City of Port Phillip has revealed the plans that are in motion for the future of the waterfront site.

The City of Port Phillip is assisting the Van Haandel Group with the establishment of a pop-up cafe at the site, although it is not yet known when the temporary venue is due to open.

There is a focus on getting the Stokehouse up and running again as soon as possible, and the construction of a permanent replacement venue on the foreshore was confirmed yesterday by Mayor Amanda Stevens.

As discussions arise regarding the approach to rebuild, the familiar debate about the place of modern architecture in Melbourne has reemerged. The main divide is over what should replace the venue: a replica of the original heritage building, or a more modern, contemporary structure to revamp the foreshore.