It was the 1950s: newly arrived migrants were starting to find their feet and the Great Australian Dream of home ownership was born – complete with its own distinct decor. Jimmy Grants, the fourth, tells the story of Calombaris’ parents’ first home.
This newest arrival follows venues in Fitzroy, Ormond and Emporium. For the Richmond diner, March Studio has re-envisioned Melbourne’s post-war cream brick house, complete with statement archways, brass finishes and retro wallpaper. Light falls from vintage lampshades across the yellow PVC strip curtains and the mirrors throughout cast a warm, homey glow over your plate of souva. Neighbourhood street names, spelled out in cursive metal, add to the suburban nostalgia.
“Each Jimmys is designed to have its own personality, and takes the suburb into account,” says restaurant manager Ben Ivancic. For the menu, that means Richmond-only chocolate-baklava soft serve with salted caramel; a roasted beetroot salad with lemon, tahini yoghurt and roasted almonds; and the GFS: a gluten-free bundle of chicken, tahini and kimopoulos (a Greek reimagining of kimchi, which you can also add to any souva).
“We’ve taken the bar aspect a step further,” Ivancic says of the four cocktails on the drinks list, which includes a seasonal jug, The current offering, the Miss Richmond, is a passionfruit mojito.
“We take a lot of pride in the happiness people get from coming here,” he adds. “People walk in, have a great time, and they leave happy. That’s a really great feeling. That’s the reason we’re in the industry.”
427 Church Street, Richmond
(03) 8419 8808