The Crimean bar and restaurant in North Melbourne has been sold.
The Crimean bar and restaurant in North Melbourne has been sold. Photo: Eddie Jim

Frank Moylan and Melissa Macfarlane have sold their North Melbourne Eastern Euro hub the Crimean. "The time was right to move on," says Moylan.

The new owners are former publican and family law barrister Ray Alexander and business partner Miriam Orwin, also a barrister, who will retain the pub's name and plan to open a beer garden by summer and hope to open a cigar bar upstairs next year.

Moylan and Macfarlane may take up an offer to consult on an Australian-style gastro-pub in Portland, Oregon, "but we haven't made any decisions yet," says Moylan. The last service for the pair, who opened in May 2011, will be this Saturday, September 6.

Larissa Dubecki's review of The Crimean