Final hospitality partners announced for 80 Collins development

Christy Tania will open her third dessert bar at 80 Collins

New Melbourne development 80 Collins Street has finalised its hospitality roster.

Slated to open in 2020, the $22 million, 47-storey development on Melbourne’s Collins Street will combine residential, office, retail and dining outlets, including the new project from Martin Benn and Vicki Wild, the duo behind now-closed fine-diner Sepia, and Chris Lucas, restaurateur behind Chin Chin and Kisumé.

The four final food partners that have been announced are Colours Bowls, Glacé, Handpicked Wines and Maverick.

Colours Bowls is a new iteration of chef Charlie Carrington’s casual eatery, Colours by Atlas. This new venture specialises in fast yet nourishing Mediterranean-inspired, plant-based cuisine. The menu, restaurant design and overall healthy attitude is derived from Charlie’s experience in visiting Tel Aviv, Israel. The team worked with Melbourne-based architect ARCD and Tel Aviv design team Craft and Bloom to create a concept for Colours Bowls based on the “White City” architecture of Tel Aviv.

Glacé at 80 Collins will be the flagship location for dessert maestro Christy Tania’s growing business empire. Last week she announced her second dessert store at Melbourne’s emporium would be the start of a big expansion.

Glacé at 80 Collins will deliver two levels of hand-crafted desserts. The ground floor brings a tea salon offering pastries, Tani’a signature ice-creams, and high tea. Above, the second floor’s dessert bar will take cues from Tania’s work at Michelin-starred restaurants L’Espadon at Ritz Paris and Guy Savoy, with a focus on plated desserts, dessert cocktails and a dessert degustation.

Handpicked Wines at 80 Collins will be the Mornington Peninsula winery's only urban cellar door in Melbourne. The space will offer curated wine flights, regional cheeses, charcuterie, barrel tastings, expert-led wine workshops and blending classes. A rotating selection of wines will be also available on tap for customers to use with refillable wine bottles; a system introduced to minimise waste. An office or home delivery option for those located within 10km of the CBD promises a three-hour turnaround.

Finally, Maverick is the newest cafe from the team behind Richmond’s Mayday Coffee and Albert Park’s first edition of The Petty Officer. Located on the ground floor of 80 Collins and fronting onto Little Collins Street, Maverick will offer ethically sourced coffee from local roastery Axil Coffee Roasters, alongside a contemporary menu of local and seasonal ingredients.

Maverick co-owners Adam and Elisa Mariani

These four join not only the long-awaited new Sepia venture, but also the Speakeasy Group’s new opulent cocktail bar Nick and Nora, and Pastuso head chef Alejandro Saravia’s upcoming farm-to-table restaurant Farmer’s Daughters, that will focus on Gippsland produce and will feature a rooftop restaurant and urban food farm.