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By Hilary McNevin

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

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Town Mouse crew to open venue in Melbourne's CBD

Dave Verheul (left) and Christian McCabe of the Town Mouse.

The Town Mouse's frontman Christian McCabe and chef Dave Verheul are set to open a wine bar.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 31 00:00:00 EST 2015

New Lune rising: Lune croissanterie moves to Fitzroy

From left: Cameron Reid, Nathan Toleman and Kate Reid.

Kate Reid's teeny 30-square croissanterie in Elwood will close mid-year, and reopen as a much bigger venue.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 31 00:00:00 EST 2015

Chef Andrew McConnell to open Meatsmith boutique butcher in Collingwood

Chef Andrew McConnell (left) and butcher Troy Wheeler.

Restaurateur Andrew McConnell is branching out of the kitchen, opening a wholesale and retail speciality shop.

Food News | Espresso | Fri Mar 27 11:46:33 EST 2015

Paul Wilson turns up the heat with Lady Carolina

Ever tried Peruvian purple corn, jicama, aji chillies or prickly pears? Stay tuned.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 24 00:00:00 EST 2015

Chin Chin's Chris Lucas to open Hawker Hall in Windsor

Chefs Benjamin Cooper (left) and Damian Snell look through the Hawker Hall site.

Inspired by food centres in Singapore, Chris Lucas is converting a former furniture shop into a hawker market.

Food News | Espresso | Thu Mar 19 22:50:13 EST 2015

Fitzroy Beach Burrito Mexican features indoor skateboard pool

Beach Burrito's pool will be for pro skaters only.

Fitzroy's Mexican restaurant scene is about to reach seventh heaven with the arrival of Beach Burrito Company.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2015

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