What was once Claypots on Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street is now Rue de Fleurus, a hub for creative activity, good food and wine, owned and operated by Aaron McKenzie and Wayne Markus along with Claypots owner Renan Goksin. McKenzie, an artist himself, describes Rue de Fleurus as a “transformative space”.

“It reinvents itself with everything that we do,” he says. “We’re going to do functions, film nights, art events.”

The space will be Claypots one night a week and a vegetarian restaurant another, with a constant fluidity to the menu and what’s on offer on any evening. There’s a piano in a corner and anyone can play (when it’s not already booked). Rue de Fleurus will be a complete sensory experience, with live art and food matches and the chance to simply be part of a creative space in the thick of an eclectic area. “In the gallery sense we’re always changing,” says McKenzie. “We’re reinventing the way people see artwork and offering a bit more.”

Open from midday, there won’t be a lunch menu as such straight away, but as McKenzie explains, there will be food: “Scones, tarts, tea and we’ll build it up.”

It’s only very early days (the space opens today), but Rue do Fleurus is set to be sensory experience that will be fascinating to watch evolve.

Rue de Fleurus
153 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9416 4116

Hours
Daily noon–1am

ruedefleurus.com