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Hilary McNevin brings you the inside stories from Melbourne's dining scene in the column Espresso.

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Pope Joan pair give the corner milkbar a makeover

Ben Foster, Matt Wilkinson, Adam Fitzgerald and Travis Welch at the Jack Horner site.

Matt Wilkinson is working on Jack Horner, a next-gen milkbar to service Brunswick East locals.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Jan 26 23:30:00 EST 2015

Melbourne Barbecue Festival fires up

Bluebonnet Barbecue will be rustling up angus beef ribs.

Local barbecue aficionados are firing up for the Melbourne Barbecue Festival's open day on February 1.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Jan 26 23:30:00 EST 2015

Melbourne coffee pioneer takes cafe culture to Los Angeles

Russell Beard, Ping Jin Ng and Mark Dundon at the site that will become Paramount Coffee Project in Los Angeles.

Seven Seeds brew guru Mark Dundon and his Paramount Coffee Project partners are taking Australian coffee culture to Los Angeles.

Food News | Espresso | Thu Jan 22 12:11:59 EST 2015

Melbourne Tomato Festival celebrates Italian culture and passata making


The inaugural Melbourne Tomato Festival will be like an invitation to a backyard Italian passata day, on a grand scale.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Jan 19 23:30:00 EST 2015

Sagra in Malvern celebrates seasonal fare

Owner Ross Chessari in the top-floor bar at Sagra.

After a career in finance, Ross Chessari is returning to his food roots with the imminent opening of Sagra in Malvern.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Jan 12 23:30:00 EST 2015

Flying Brick Cider House takes flight in Wallington

Bellarine addition: Flying Brick Cider House.

The Flying Brick Cider House complex is the latest addition to David and Lyndsay Sharp's burgeoning food and drink empire on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Jan 12 23:30:00 EST 2015

Thai restaurant Magic Mountain Saloon to open in former Irish pub in Little Collins Street

Due to open last July, Thai-inspired Magic Mountain Saloon will finally open on Wednesday.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Jan 12 23:30:00 EST 2015

Elwood croissant bakery Lune looks to expand to northern suburbs

Cult croissants: Lune's flaky, buttery pastries.

Cult Melbourne croissanterie Lune is planning a bigger operation in the city's north.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Dec 16 09:00:00 EST 2014

Ovest pizzeria to open in West Footscray

Alex Rogers of Sourdough Kitchen and chef Ben Sisley.

Alex Rogers, owner and baker of Seddon's Sourdough Kitchen, is joining forces with ex-Mr Wolf chef Ben Sisley.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Dec 15 23:30:00 EST 2014

Wait for gas soon over for B'Stilla Cantina, Fitzroy

Jason Jones won't have to wait for gas much longer.

Jason Jones was prepared to serve a cold Waiting for Gas menu at his new B'Stilla Canteen, but the wait will soon be over.

Food News | Espresso | Thu Dec 11 13:56:38 EST 2014

Chef Paul Wilson Melbourne-bound for new Latino project

Paul Wilson is returning to Melbourne.

Chef Paul Wilson is heading south to help open a nuevo Latino bar-eatery in Brunswick East.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Dec 08 23:30:00 EST 2014

Kettle Black crew to roast their own coffee brew

Pourover coffee at Top Paddock.

They've had a string of cafe successes. Now the team behind Three Bags Full, Two Birds One Stone, Top Paddock and Kettle Black have new projects on the boil.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Dec 01 23:30:00 EST 2014

Mama Bear pair open Naughty Boy cafe in Carlton

Breakfast croquettes at Naughty Boy.

This hard to pigeonhole Princes Hill cafe is naughty but oh-so-nice.

Food News | Espresso | Wed Nov 26 10:00:00 EST 2014

Chef Nick Stanton quits Nieuw Amsterdam for Carlton's Five Points Deli and Longhorn Saloon

Start spreading the news: Chef Nick Stanton has left Nieuw Amsterdam for a New York-inspired project in Carlton.

Chef Nick Stanton leaves Nieuw Amsterdam to create New York-style fare in Carlton.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Nov 24 23:30:00 EST 2014

Lobster roll specialist Mr Claws is ready to roll

Lobster roll from Mr Claws.

The Huxtaburger team open a Mr Claws pop-up in Collingwood.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Nov 24 23:30:00 EST 2014

Victorian coffee van shortlisted for design award

Eye-catching: Coffee Peddlr's Citroen H van.

Coffee Peddlr's retro yellow coffee van has been shortlisted in the Eat Drink Design Awards.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Nov 18 21:00:00 EST 2014

Henrietta's Chicken Shop pops up at Queenscliff pub

Roast chicken.

Rotisserie chicken pop-up will operate upstairs at Queenscliff's Esplanade Hotel this summer.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Nov 17 23:30:00 EST 2014

Social Kitchen cooking school pops up at market

Pop-up cooking school the Social Kitchen is part of the Queen Victoria Market's revitalisation strategy.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Nov 03 23:30:00 EST 2014

Simon Denton and team open Kappo in Melbourne CBD

Miyuki Nakahara, Takashi Omi, Kentaro Usami and Simon Denton at newly renamed Kappo.

It's out with Nama Nama and in with Kappo, focusing on seasonal ingredients.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Oct 27 23:30:00 EST 2014

Expat chef Greg Malouf opens restaurant in Dubai

Glamorous: inside Cle Dubai.

Former Melbourne chef Greg Malouf has unveiled his latest project, Cle Dubai, a glamorous 250-seater in Dubai's bustling financial district.

Food News | Espresso | Wed Oct 22 12:21:25 EST 2014