George Calombaris, Frank Camorra and Huxtaburger to open eateries at Eastland

28 August, 2015 by
Aoife Boothroyd

Chefs George Calombaris and Frank Camorra together with iconic Melbourne burger joint, Huxtaburger, will be opening eateries at Melbourne’s new Eastland shopping complex.

Calombaris will introduce Jimmy Grants Deluxe a new dining concept from his line of popular modern Athenian souvlaki bars featuring an extended menu and table service.

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“I’m excited to be opening Jimmy Grants in the newly developed Eastland Town Square. It’s the first store to open outside of the CBD – Jimmy is all about the people, so I can’t wait to bring it to the people of Eastern Melbourne,” said Calombaris.

Frank Camorra together with Andy McMahon will be opening Mexican taqueria, Pacos Tacos.

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“For us, Pacos Tacos is a manifestation of the culinary ambitions of this city; it is vibrant and fresh with a great sense of community,” says Camorra.

“The new Eastland shares our epicurean vision, so we are excited about this launch.”

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Jeff Wong and Daniel Wilson, the team behind Huxtaburger say that they are thrilled to be setting up shop in the new precinct.

“We’re thrilled to bring Huxtaburger to Eastland's exciting new development.  We’re also very pleased to have some of our friends, who are also peers we respect such as George and Frank, here too,” said Wilson.  

Other venues confirmed to open at the Eastland Town Square include Hunter & Barrel, a new gastro inspired casual dining concept from the Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group; the team behind Bekendales and The Public Brewery will open The Cellar Door, a venue dedicated to showcasing the food and wine of the Yarra Valley region complete with a rooftop vegetable garden and bar; and the Lavezzi family, Italian ice cream creators since 1870 will launch their first store out of Italy called Gelatieri per Passione churning fresh ice cream in store and Italian dolci.

“We will bring Melbourne’s epicurean spirit to Eastland, changing the way Eastern Melbourne experiences food by introducing new dining concepts and giving residents access to culinary maestros on their doorstep,” said Steve Edgerton, centre manager of the new Eastland.

“This is just the beginning of a raft of culinary experiences that will be unveiled on completion of the new development, with further partners to be announced in the coming weeks.”  

The first stage of the development will launch in late 2015, with stage two due for completion in mid 2016.