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Pentridge Prison Is Being Turned Into An Epic Foodie Precinct

By James Shackell
11th Dec 2017


If you ever saw The Shawshank Redemption, you might have noticed the food wasn’t great. Prison food generally isn’t. Until now anyway...

The developers who own Pentridge Prison in Coburg just announced they’re going to turn it into a massive foodie precinct, kicking off in 2019.

The “vision” (their words) is for 14 bars, cafes and restaurants, sprawling across 3,800 square metres of prison space. The line-up is still pretty hush hush, but Zero95 Wood Fire Pizza Bar has already signed on. You can bet the rest of Melbourne’s food elite will be clamouring for spots—it’s not every day you get a prison lease. The full list will be announced next year.

Most of the new venues will be incorporated into the heritage building, which was closed back in 1997. But there’ll be a few new developments, too. Think massive retail outlets, a supermarket, specialty shops and a 15-screen Palace Cinema (we’re pretty excited about that one).

“Pentridge Coburg will be one of the only places in the world where you can go to jail and have one of the best meals of your life,” spokesman Anthony Goh says.

“We’re talking to the right names in the industry—those with already established fan bases—so we’re confident that when the precinct is finished, it will be on every must-eat list.”

Remember, hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And we hope this will be delicious.

The Details

Where: Pentridge Prison, Coburg
When: Shops should start opening in 2019
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Image credit: Pentridge 

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