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.