The old heritage listed laundry and D Division at Coburg’s former Pentridge Prison will be transformed into a restaurant, bar and brewery, called Coburg Brewing Co.
With the owner of the Post Office Hotel, Danial Caneva at the helm, the venue will encompass outdoor, indoor and laneway dining options, with key highlights of the site including laundry machinery and solitary confinement cells to be showcased as features of Coburg Brewing Co. Other historical elements will also retained and integrated into a more modern aesthetic, including the existing fabric of bluestone walls, timber trusses and corrugated iron roofing which will be rebirthed with fresh steel, tile and timber joinery.
The dining precinct – to be designed by architects Techne – is part of Future Estate’s $1 billion ‘Coburg Quarter’ project, which aims to deliver inspired dining and commercial precincts for Melbourne’s north.
“Our intention is to create a venue that resonates with local patrons by offering an authentic mix of home grown beer, wine and spirits and an honest menu that will see a charcoal grill deliver modern Australian BBQ food designed to share,” said Caneva.
The on-site microbrewery will produce Caneva and his wife’s independent Coburg Lager, now stocked in over 100 venues. It will feature alongside an all Australian food and beverage offering at the Coburg Brewing Co.
The site is scheduled for completion in July 2016.