Iconic Carlton deli King & Godfree to relaunch as six venues

After 130 years, the King & Godfree grocery store is being revamped.
After 130 years, the King & Godfree grocery store is being revamped. Photo: Supplied

For anyone who has missed Melbourne's oldest deli, King & Godfree, the Carlton venue is reopening later this year with a bang. Several, actually. The property, on the corner of Lygon and Faraday streets, will gradually reopen as six interconnected venues starting late this year.

First doors to swing open will be an updated version of the deli, still specialising in Italian smallgoods, but this time also offering panini, salads and pre-made meals to eat in or take home. This will be joined by a small stand-and-deliver espresso bar on the corner.

Stage two will see the opening of a contemporary wine bar and bottle shop next door, serving drinking snacks and allowing you to grab a bottle off the shelf for retail prices plus a corkage fee.

Next, thanks to a recently granted permit, the Valmorbida family have confirmed that they will be leasing the rooftop as a restaurant and bar with an Italian bent and views back across the city. Still here? The final stage, opening early-mid 2018 will be a ground floor 120-seater restaurant with a kitchen garden. Oh, and there are also plans to turn the cellar into a bar that will host gigs.

It's a whole Italian village, in the heart of Carlton.