New St Tropez-inspired bar and outdoor dining venue, and al fresco dining areas set to launch at Crown Melbourne.
Crown Melbourne (Crown) has today announced an exciting new outdoor dining precinct for Melbourne, featuring all ten of the highly sought-after riverfront restaurants that line the Crown Riverwalk, as well as a brand-new venue – a European beach club-inspired outdoor bar and dining offering – Pétanque Social.
Amongst those reopening will be some of Crown’s most famous riverfront restaurants, offering a mix of indoor and outdoor dining in line with the easing of Victorian government restrictions, scheduled to open November 2nd.
Bistro Guillaume, Rosetta, The Atlantic, Ging Thai, Merrywell Burger Bar, Gradi, Lucky Chan, Baci and Cervo will be amongst the first to open their doors, with Rockpool Bar & Grill to follow shortly after. Eight of those venues will extend their terrace dining offering out onto the iconic Melbourne Riverwalk at Southbank.
The new precinct has been created in response to the Victoria Government and City of Melbourne’s recent outdoor dining permit system, encouraging hospitality businesses to safely cater to diners outdoors.
Pétanque Social is a unique outdoor bar and dining space inspired by the beach clubs of St Tropez and will provide Melburnians with an experience that celebrates summer on the banks of the Yarra, overlooking the city that Melburnians love.
According to Crown Melbourne’s Executive General Manager of Food and Beverage, Enda Cunningham, the Riverwalk and Pétanque Social will undeniably become Melbourne’s go-to place for summer with its unique mix of dining options backed up by an incredible new bar.
Pétanque Social will offer an expansive open space adorned with day beds, lounge chairs and striped pastel blue umbrellas reminiscent of Fontelina Beach Club on the island of Capri. A full-service bar will be complemented by fresh summer dishes from Crown’s award-winning restaurant line-up. Entertainment will be in no short supply, with a huge screen for those who don’t want to miss the summer of sport, terrain for a game of pétanque, live DJs, and “Jazz Sundays” with freshly shucked oysters.
“We have a wonderful location right here on the Yarra, with some of Melbourne’s best restaurants. Melbourne has always been the most European of Australia’s cities – so launching a south of France-style bar on the river makes complete sense. We know Melburnians have had a hard year – and we’re looking forward to being part of a COVID-safe summer for the city,” said Cunningham.
“We are a big part of Melbourne’s dining scene and whilst it has been a challenging year, our team is looking forward to doing what they do best in this new outdoors environment – creating many more memorable dining experiences for the people of Melbourne to enjoy,” added Cunningham.