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Find Out What Melbourne’s Outdoor Dining Future Looks Like

By Ben Tyers
5th Oct 2020

Outdoor dining set up on Melbourne streets.

Summer in Melbourne is going to look a lot different this year as diners replace pedestrians and cars on Melbourne streets.

Today, Premier Daniel Andrews announced a $290 million package to help the hospitality and entertainment industry after the decimation they've faced from the pandemic.

New York City, Los Angeles, and London have had to embrace outdoor dining to get restaurants, cafes, and bars all back up and running again—and Melbourne will have to turn to the streets and do the same.

The package from the government will allow businesses to buy items such as umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens, and more to make outdoor dining work for them. Grants will be available to licensed and unlicensed cafés, restaurants, takeaway food businesses, pubs, taverns, bars and clubs with a payroll of less than $3 million—with more than 11,000 Melbourne businesses eligible to benefit.

On Thursday 1 October, the City of Melbourne announced which streets will be transformed into outdoor dining precincts in the coming weeks. 

Six key dining precincts have been identified; Bourke Street East; Russell Street; Lygon Street Carlton; Errol Street North Melbourne; Domain Road South Yarra; and Bellair Street Kensington. Traders are also encouraged to work with the City of Melbourne to identify further locations.

“We’re the cultural and dining capital of our nation. That means, when it comes to reimagining what eating and entertainment means under COVID Normal, there’s no one better equipped than Melbourne and Victoria.” said Andrews.

Melbourne streets such as Flinders Lane and Little Bourke Street could see changes to the way traffic moves on them, have widened footpaths, and planter boxes installed. Read more on that plan here.

Image credit: supplied

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