The Garden State Hotel on Flinders Lane is open and, with four separate venues under the one roof, is absolutely enormous.

• Named for a mythological crocodile king, Chalawan is a new bar serving modern-Thai food and cocktails.

Meat Your Maker is a “fleshtival” that may inspire you to eat less meat. At Abbotsford Convent this Sunday.

• If you thought we’d reached peak fried chicken, you’re wrong: there’s a new Belle’s in Windsor.

• Two top winemakers have opened Hop Nation, a brewery hidden away in Footscray.

• Farewell, Moon Under Water. You’ll be missed. Ricky & Pinky – we’re ready for you.