Many abide by the old phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Not Jesse Gerner. After three-and-a-half years, his cafe Green Park had become a trusted local go-to near the border of Carlton North and Brunswick East. But in September 2017 it was rebranded as Park Street – an intimate day and night offering.
Comfort foods are still available during the day, such as waffles with Pedro Ximénez-braised beef cheek, cavolo nero and a fried egg. If you’re in for something lighter, toasted muesli clusters with milk curd and compressed fruit is also on offer.
As dinner comes around, plates such as a wood-grilled king prawn with salmoriglio and fermented chilli come out. Pasta dishes include a braised duck rotolo with wood grilled radicchio and hazelnut, and for fans of seafood, prawn agnolotti in a shellfish bisque with chilli and fennel.
Gerner owns the venue with his Bomba and Samuel Pepys partners Kelly O’Loghlen and Shane Barrett, and chefs Andrew Fisk and Russell Hall. Hall, who’s also head chef at Gerner’s Añada, runs Park Street’s kitchen.
Gerner’s wife Vanessa oversaw the refurbishment, introducing artwork by Aaron Kinnane and implementing leather banquettes, more communal tables, plenty of plants, and candles – to create a warm and cosy evening restaurant setting.