Wine bar South Press to open in South Yarra

South Yarra bound: Marty McCaig and Adam North in the South Press courtyard.
South Yarra bound: Marty McCaig and Adam North in the South Press courtyard. Photo: Pat Scala

The stretch of Toorak Road between Punt Road and Caroline Street is gaining culinary momentum.

Chef Dennis Hagger opened 25 Toorak Road in June, a few doors down from 29-year veterans France-Soir, and next month Hopkins River Beef business partners Adam North and David Maconochie​, along with front-of-house pro Marty McCaig​, hope to open South Press at No. 27.

"We are locals and want somewhere local to drink," says North, a part-owner of South Yarra steakhouse Entrecote. McCaig manages the Domain Road restaurant and South Press is his first gig as a part-owner.

South Press will primarily be a bar, with charcuterie and cheese plates to support the wine and cocktail lists.

"It will be somewhere for a drink and a light bite but there will be enough on the menu to have a lunch or dinner," says North.

Wine will also be available to take away.

North is experimenting with spice combinations to create a Hopkins River jerky, which he hopes to serve with other products from the Dunkeld-based beef business.

They are completely refurbishing the former furniture store with a Schmick fitout by North Melbourne architects Russell & George and will make use of the leafy north-facing rear courtyard.

They expect to open South Press at 27 Toorak Road, South Yarra, by late November.