Found on the Mornington Peninsula, Playne Street is becoming a staple of the nightlife scene, offering punters all the best of food, drinks, live music, and much more.
After a saunter around one of Port Phillip Bay’s many beautiful beaches, Playne Street is the ideal locale to dry off, have a drink, and enjoy this crisp Melbourne weather.
Lona Rooftop, Restaurant & Bar is a brand new spot that’s just opened in the Playne St mecca, and it’s bringing the space to the next level, adding to the area by offering more great menu items, delicious drinks, and high-quality live music.
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If you’re a fan of spots like Degraves Street, Bourke Street, or even South Wharf, Playne St gives them a run for their money. It’s serviced the Frankston region for years, delighting many with its yearlong offerings. From the team at The Lona Group, who have a few homes across Victoria, this is their first on the Mornington Peninsula. We caught up with Melanie Dry from The Lona Group to chat about Playne Street and Lona Rooftop, Restaurant & Bar’s place in it.
“The Playne Street development provides the local Frankston and wider Peninsula community with a dining and entertainment hub which caters to all ages”, Melanie says.
“We considered several locations for Hotel Lona. Frankston has so much to offer, it’s a gorgeous waterside destination, easily accessible with lots of public transport and is the gateway from Melbourne to the wider peninsula. We expect our patrons to come from both near and far, we are the perfect stop-in for lunch or dinner en route to other peninsula destinations.”
While many food outlets like to stick with franchises and vendors from all corners of the globe, Frankston’s Playne Street caters with more of a local slant, encouraging people to continue to eat local.
“One thing we love about Frankston is the council’s commitment to encouraging patronage of local business, and equally supporting the development of new venues for locals to enjoy.”
With already so many offerings of all different shapes and sizes, it’s hard to find a niche on Playne Street. But Melanie and the team at Hotel Lona are offering many cool things, making sure they’re a spot that can be “something for everyone”
“Our offering caters for a diverse range of patrons, from a family meal or celebration in one of our many beautiful dining spaces. Equally we hope to be the new local for regulars to catch some live sport over a casual drink in the public bar.”
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Like so many venues across the Playne Street region, Lona Rooftop, Restaurant & Bar features a rooftop bar, perfect to enjoy a pint or two as the weather starts to finally warm up.
“Our rooftop is the perfect spot for a sunny long lunch whilst listening to some live music”, Melanie adds. “As the sun goes down, out comes the DJ and we step it up a notch to cater for that younger demographic who like to party into the early hours.
“We operate on a 3am licence so we are looking forward to bringing the party vibe to Playne Street.”
With a great deal of Melbourne’s live music scene concentrated within the inner city and its surrounding suburbs, Lona Rooftop, Restaurant & Bar and the other Frankston legends on Playne Street are bringing live music to the ‘burbs.
“We offer live music seven days a week, from acoustic solo acts and duos, to bands and DJs,” Melanie continues. “We are a huge supporter of the live music industry. There’s always something happening at Lona.
“We will be running events and ticketed offerings throughout the year, these will be advertised via our website hotellona.com.au. We’ll be looking to bring some known names to Hotel Lona as well as supporting local talent.”
With these summer holidays being among us, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out there and check out the best of what Melbourne has to offer, and make a journey up to Playne St and experience something unlike anything else out there.
This article was made in partnership with Frankston City Council.