Jono Hill and Hootan Heydari closed their Collingwood cafe Bedford Street in March. In May, it reopens as Terror Twilight.
“When we went into Bedford Street the idea was to do a super simple America-style food venue,” says Hill. “By the time we’d done the fit out, it was quite different to what we imagined the concept was going to be. I think we’d lost our identity and what we were going to do. We tried a few different things and some of it worked and some of it didn’t.
“We took a step back to see where we are in Collingwood and what’s happening here and felt that there was an opportunity to offer more than where we’d got ourselves.”
Hill and Heydari, who own Wide Open Road and Heart Attack and Vine (and previously A Minor Place), say the new space will be a fresher, light-filled spot with floor-to-ceiling windows, greenery and wood features.
There will also be “a hint of ’90s lo-fi rock” says Hill, perhaps a nod to its name. Terror Twilight is an album by American indie band Pavement. All venues owned by Wide Open Road are named after a song or album.
“We owe our Bedford Street regulars a great replacement, and we’re looking forward to offering a strong eatery option to the Collingwood locals that might not have taken to the previous offerings,” says Heydari. “We’re fortunate to be in the position to be able to re-imagine and re-launch this venue.”
Terror Twilight will open in May.