You can call the Melbourne foodie scene fickle if you like. We do restaurant hop to the latest thing, but the response to the iconic Stokehouse burning down in January has shown that we have big hearts and will rally around something we love when we need to.
After sweating out yet another heat wave, Melbourne was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with a cool change. But that didn’t stop this fire. The St Kilda venue was seen to burn to the ground in a huge fire, which reportedly started in the kitchen.
The team at the Stokehouse managed to get 200 – probably boozed – diners to safety before the venue was unrecognizable. Less than a month later, the Stokehouse was resurrected with a pop up venue brought in with the help of Harry the Hirer.
A short menu of featuring favourites like the Beer battered fish and chips, Classic beef burger, Morton Bay Bug and prawn linguini and ‘The Bombe’ dessert will be dished up by Stokehouse chef Oliver Gould and Stokehouse Café Chef Nick Mahlook. A makeshift bar will be serving up a small list of beers, cider and vodka. Not surprisingly, they are having many a guest through the temporary venue.
The venue will operate for three months and is taking bookings. We’ll keep you posted for news of the next shape of the Iconic Melbourne venue.
Stokehouse Pop Up Melbourne
30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda VIC 3182
Open 7 days, noon – late until 11 May 2014
Photography credit: Tim Grey