Jimmy Grants joins Collins Street pop-up restaurant precinct

Jimmy Grants serve up souvlaki, salads and snacks.
Jimmy Grants serve up souvlaki, salads and snacks. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

Jimmy Grants is the third big name to have signed up for Rue & Co, a CBD pop-up restaurant precinct that will open in Collins Street on May 2. Chef George Calombaris and the Made Establishment Group have confirmed that a fourth Jimmy Grants will join Chris Lucas's Korean barbecue house Kong and St Ali by Salvatore Malatesta at the venture, housed in converted shipping containers in the Nauru House courtyard, on the corner of Collins and Exhibition streets.

Queensland Investment Corporation is planning a significant redevelopment in 12 to 18 months but will use the space for the Rue & Co pop-up in the interim. There will be seating for 80 (some under cover) and a liquor licence is in the pipeline. It will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from May 2.

Meanwhile, Calombaris's plans to open a Greek bakery, Sweet Hellenic, at Hellenic Republic in Kew, have been put on hold. The bakery had been expected to open around the same time as an Ormond offshoot of Jimmy Grants, now scheduled for July. A third Hellenic Republic, in Williamstown, is tipped for late 2014.