GB Food & Furniture

Happy Easter Melbourne!

A short respite from the demolition site – at the beach for the last 3 days of freedom before being all consumed by GB. A good opportunity to play with some bread products – the menu will be very focussed on restrained Italian and European style food. Simple pared back food with the very best produce from the very best suppliers. Excellent bread will be a major focus – playing here with toasting D. Chirico’s beautiful Fiscelle with various Proscuitto’s and cheeses. Wanting to achieve the best toastie in town. D. Chirico has a killer Olive bread too.


The menu is well into development. The kitchen at GB is very small and as a result the menu needs to be written around what can comfortably be achieved. Aiming for no more than 3-4 main ingredients in each dish, letting the produce do its thing. Vegetarians, be well pleased, we will have what you are looking for! We will also be curing various products in house, such as fresh Salmon and Trout: changing the curing ingredients as the Melbourne seasons change. Looking to start with a gin cured Salmon with juniper and dill creme fraiche, capers, lemon and rye toast. Delicious classic flavours.


Speaking of writing the menu around the kitchen, we really want to write the menu around Gruners butchers – is this not the finest ham in the land? I suspect it will be popping up somewhere on the menu. It is absolutely beautiful.


So happy to have engaged the lovely Andrew from Mr Mitchell. He has a great eye for the room and through the process of selecting furniture his vision of the room is becoming clearer. And we love it! Here’s the centrepiece table that will sit in the front window at GB surrounded by beautiful Tractor stools.


Volkerhaug pendant lights….yay!




Official demolition site….

First day of serious chaos but very much underway…..


The Boss is happy (mostly because the Police called and her car has been found!)



And it’s great to be in the company of so many old St Kilda institutions – interviews being conducted in the famous George Basement – gorgy coasters. Absolutely love them. Many thanks Bally!


The fun bits…..

We are back into the early morning routine – at the shop by 600am – thank god for Miss Jackson’s coffee and de Chirico’s Bombolini given no coffee machine or kitchen of our own. Happy mornings.

The builders have started work on the south wall this morning where a beautiful GBEspresso neon yellow sign will live.


The good news is that council has approved seating for 45 inside and 32 outside. Plans looking good



And the fun bit – selection of the furniture…..ooooo argh…..


Picking these gems up today… and below some very cool looking wall finishes……




Loving the new Synesso Hydra Coffee Machine for GB

Taking Grocery Bar possession still a few weeks away but at least we have the coffee machine sorted and that’s a good thing.

Here it is….it’s a beauty!

Why a Hydra?
It has 3 individual boilers and motors which gives a Barista the ultimate flexibility to perfect coffees at one time.

Can’t wait to get it into action!



St Kilda Grocery Bar being redeveloped……


The St Kilda Grocery Bar is being redeveloped after Easter in 2013 and will re open as GB ESPRESSO, the name paying tribute to its heritage and many years as a Fitzroy Street institution.

It is anticipated the redevelopment will take approximately 4 weeks re opening late April – early May.

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