Stokehouse City is making way for Cut Bar and Grill.
Stokehouse City is making way for Cut Bar and Grill. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Roslyn Grundy

Expect steak knives at 10 paces when upmarket steakhouse the Cut Bar & Grill opens in CBD laneway Alfred Place, which also houses Entrecote City.

Stokehouse City has been sold to the fast-growing Urban Purveyor Group, which will open the Cut Bar & Grill steakhouse in the grand Victorian building. Stokehouse's last a la carte service will be on March 4, and handover on March 21. 

Stokehouse owner Frank van Haandel says he's sad to be farewelling staff but the sale will allow him to focus on the ambitious green-credentialled Stokehouse St Kilda rebuild, which will encompass a high-end restaurant, a casual eatery and a beachside kiosk. 

The design for the new Stokehouse St Kilda, by architect Robert Simeoni.
The design for the new Stokehouse St Kilda, by architect Robert Simeoni. Photo: Supplied

He's pushing for a late October opening.

The Alfred Place building is steeped in hospitality history. ​It housed the German Association in the 1890s and was taken over by the Naval and Military Club in 1920. In 1984 it became high-end dining salon Mietta's, and was the launching pad for French chef Jacques Reymond's Australian career.

The Van Haandel Group took over the building in 2006, opening restaurant, bar and events space Comme. When Stokehouse St Kilda burnt down in January 2014, the space was transformed into Stokehouse City.

They hope to retain talented British-born chef Ollie Hansford, the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2016 Young Chef of the Year, possibly helping him into his own restaurant.