It’s been 15 years since Federation Square opened in Melbourne, and the Transport Hotel has been open almost as long.
That’s one reason it’s about to undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation, beginning on August 28.
The bar needs an overhaul that will “rejuvenate and bring it into the modern era”, says general manager Tony Twitchett. “No renovations or makeovers have happened in the last 14 years, so the old mothership is getting a little bit tired.”
The revamp will result in a new cafe-style space called Greenhouse, which will take over the glassed-in area currently referred to as the “chook shed”.
“We are going to box that in and that front greenhouse area will become a more pleasant place to sit,” Twitchett says. Greenhouse will have a wine and cocktail bar, and for the first time will offer table service.
Inside, Transport will be separated into a wine and sports bar, with a purpose-built stone pizza oven. Twitchett says the renovation will make the space more “warm and cosy”.
The venue will remain partially open throughout the renovation, which is expected to be completed by November.
While the kitchen is closed, the main bar will serve up Four’N Twenty pies and the beer taps will remain on. The AFL finals will be taking place during the renovation and “you will be able to get a meat pie and sauce with a pint of Carlton Draught,” Twitchett says.
“It was such an iconic and very busy place for the first half of its life and I think this renovation will do wonders for the place and Fed Square as well,” he adds. “It will give it another 15 years.”
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