Natural History Bar & Grill
Due to open in February 2018.
Museums, New York bistros and Southern American dining are all part of the inspiration for Morgan McGlone’s (Belle's Hot Chicken) new 350-seat restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD.
Natural History will be a collaboration between McGlone, the 100 Burgers group, and publican-design duo Jaime Wirth and Michael Delany (The Bottom End).
The venue, which will be located at 401 Collins Street, will be split into two distinct spaces: the Natural History Bar and Grill, and the Natural History Cafe.
A bustling American diner inspires the latter.
In the late afternoon the space will transform into a natural wine and aperitivo bar serving cured meats and pickled vegetables and the like. And Animals Dancing will curate the music.
Inside the restaurant expect comfy booths, red-checkered marmoleum floors, vintage bathroom tiles from the ’60s and a 19th-century stained-glass feature. An island bar will feature studded upholstery, and artist Vanja Zaric is creating a wall-spanning artwork that’s part mural, part diorama, with taxidermy foxes, mountain goats and white peacocks.
The food will be in the style of a quintessential American bar and grill, but done in a modern-Australian style. Expect a cheeseburger homage to Mister Burger with a blend of intercostal chuck steak and brisket. And there’ll be a Louisiana-style fish sandwich, five different steaks – including a kilogram T-bone – as well as pasta and a variety of vegetarian dishes.
The wine list will run about 45 to 50 per cent natural, and there’ll be a focus on Eastern European spirits.