There are designs for a new, and lavish, $10 million French-themed cafe to be operated by renowned restaurateur Chris Lucas in the CBD.In what will be welcome news for food items lovers, the three-storey cafe referred to as “Batard” will be located at 19-21 and 23-29 Bourke St and will aspect a rooftop bar and courtyard.

Metropolis of Melbourne councillors threw their support powering the proposal at their August 15 Long run Melbourne Committee conference when they endorsed an amended planning allow that sought demolition and reconstruction is effective to the web page subject matter to heritage controls.

Deputy Lord Mayor Nicholas Reece described the proposal as a “massive investment” to the Bourke Hill Precinct, which is known for its vibrant retail, café, and restaurant tradition, as very well as notable landmarks, including Hotel Windsor and the Princess Theatre.

“At just one finish of the marketplace you’ve bought titans like Chris Lucas and Justin Hemmes creating huge investments in multiple new venues,” he mentioned.

“At the other conclude, you have obtained a new wave of Asian restaurants which are so well known they have prolonged queues of men and women waiting down the street Incredibly hot Pot, Korean BBQ, and Ramen is so incredibly hot suitable now.”

Cr Reece said the application for the restaurant was to fluctuate an presently approved permit, with the most recent proposal looking for works such as the reconstruction of two 15.9-metre-substantial chimneys within the heritage-graded creating which would be “rebuilt brick by brick”.

“As component of the application, I do want people today to know that 1 of the needs is that each and every brick in the chimneys and partitions will be recorded, put in an stock and fully restored just before it is used to reconstruct people chimneys and the partitions,” he reported.

The web site at 19-21 Bourke St is a “contributory” graded setting up when 23-29 Bourke St is a “significant” graded constructing in the council’s Heritage Places Stock March 2022 (amended May well 2023).

Mr Lucas is the mastermind guiding legendary venues this sort of as Chin Chin and Gogo Bar, and his new venue is anticipated to develop into a ought to-see location for food stuff fanatics when it is predicted to open upcoming calendar year.



The software obtained four objections with fears the added demolition would end result in “facadism” (an architectural reference to preserving only the fronts of properties), as well as drawings not exhibiting the adjoining chimney or mild well, and sound in the course of construction and in the open locations at the time it is created.

Cr Reece acknowledged these concerns, but he gave assurances there would be “very powerful circumstances in place”.


I’m absolutely sure this will be an certainly breathtaking addition to Bourke St and the eastern hill precinct.


Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the proposed cafe was “another assertion for Melbourne initiatives like this continuing to improve the extraordinary popularity that Melbourne has not just as a culinary funds but as an knowledge capital”.

“It’s the sense of what makes Melbourne that specialness, that uniqueness that provides so significantly price for all people in the Melbourne community,” she said.

“We say thank you to the Lucas group, to all of your advisers and stakeholders for the eyesight that is also in this task.” •


Captions: Render/Drawing of the proposed cafe on Bourke St.

Supply connection