Not ones to shy away from change, restaurant owners Kimberley and Grant Ryan have fully embraced it with their new restaurant Mr Umami’s on Pakington St. The Asian fusion restaurant, which occupies part of the Barking Dog, has cancelled the need for locals to travel all the way to Melbourne to get a decent serve of quality dumplings.
If you’ve dreamed of cruising the Greek Islands or the Mediterranean whilst gorging yourself on delicious cuisines but can’t seem to get beyond the confines of Geelong, then Ambrosia is your best stop. Owned by Joubin Mahmoudi, Ambrosia offers locals somewhere for a quick bite to eat with friends or a spot to sit down and waste the night away. The restaurant also adds a new culture to the food scene of the area.
Before Little Creatures Brewery was in South Geelong, there was a little family-run business that arguably started the craft beer revolution in Geelong. That little place is the Odyssey Bar & Tavern on Torquay Rd that, with the guidance of owner Grant, has been serving up fine beers and ciders, along with live music, to locals for over two years. And they’ve served up quite a few, as each week they rotate through eight beers on tap and regularly have up to 70 beers to choose from in the fridge.
Hightons renowned cafe and pizza bar Two Sugars, synonymous with authentic Italian cuisine and consummately professional and experienced service, has expanded at a new location, 146 Pakington St. ““We basically came to Pako because of the demand for us to open a second store, renovations took ten weeks,” say the owners of Two Sugars, who are very happy with the outcome and commend the ‘fantastic team of Geelong tradies’ that made it happen.
On an otherwise quiet spot on Aberdeen Street is where you’ll find Gin & Co., Geelong’s newest night-time establishment. Iridescent lighting and handpicked vintage furnishings help Gin & Co. achieve an atmosphere of both old-world aristocracy and a 1920s speakeasy. The Supper Club combines a late-night bar with a dining venue that caters until midnight and offers sweet and savory sharing foods, each priced at eight dollars.
The Grovey underwent their own ‘House Rules’ project, with demolitions starting Monday 5th and being near completion by that Friday the 9th. The adjustments have included the removal of the built-in stage, carpet, fixed furniture and the additions of a stud wall to frame the TVs for sports games, new furniture and fittings amongst the room.