MoVida is opening on the Great Ocean Road

Frank Camorra and the MoVida team. Image source: @movidamelb via Instagram

15-year Melbourne institution MoVida is opening a new location in Lorne, right on Victoria's Great Ocean Road.

In January the Spanish restaurant will take over the ground floor of the historic Lorne Hotel, which first opened in 1876.

The decision to open comes after a summer pop-up in January this year, where for four days, co-owner and executive chef Frank Camorra cooked his signature Spanish fare on the top level of the hotel. Like the pop-up, the menu here will draw heavily from local ingredients, namely seafood.

This opening marks a full circle for Camorra, who, after moving to Australia from Spain as a child, grew up in Geelong and began his hospitality career at a restaurant in Lorne.

MoVida started in 2002 on Melbourne's iconic graffiti-slathered Hosier Lane, and has been pushing the boundaries for traditional Spanish cuisine ever since, introducing complex techniques to home-style dishes.

The MoVida Group has since branched out to open six more restaurants and bars, including MoVida Next Door, MoVida Acqui, MoVida Bali, MoVida at The Airport, Paco's Tacos and Bar Tini.

It seems more and more heavy-hitting restaurateurs are testing the salty waters, as the trend of excellent diners moving to the coast grows.

Aaron Turner of Igni recently opened a second Hot Chicken Project in Anglesea, also on the Great Ocean Road; Merivale announced its latest venue will be at Bondi Beach; and a new mega restaurant planned for Victoria's Sorrento was announced last week.