Ocean Grove contemporary restaurant Napona announces final service

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Ocean Grove contemporary restaurant Napona announces final service

Words by staff writer

After 13.5 years of feeding the Ocean Grove community, Napona will be having its final day of service on Saturday 13 July.

The Hodgson Street establishment has announced its closure and final week of service via its social media last night (Thursday 4 July), with owners Will and Kristy putting out the following statement.

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“It is with a touch of sadness that we announce that after 13 and a half years we will be finishing up at Napona on Saturday the 13th of July.

“We’ve chosen to not continue with the lease for a multitude of reasons. Economic forecasts, but also the desire to explore different opportunities and give more priority to our young family, the chief reasons amongst them.”

“We would however love to see you for one last dinner, wine, lunch or breakfast or take away pizza. We’d love the opportunity to show our appreciation for your support over the years.”

It continues, “We’ll be open this week as per our normal hours but closed on Sunday. Next week we’ll be opening for DINNER and take away pizza on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th from 5.30pm.”

“We cannot express enough gratitude for the relationships we’ve built over the years with customers, our suppliers, and also all our awesome staff. We’ve watched families grow, staff grow from kids to adults, made friends and had some truly Great times. We would love to see you one last time, Thank you, Will and Kristy.”

Napona has been a fixture to the Bellarine since 2010, with their picturesque indoor-outdoor dining setup and a quality menu that saw them serving across breakfast, lunch and dinner with everything from oysters to gourmet pizzas. It’s all in the name with Napona derived from the Chamoru people, translating to ‘his wave’. The Chamoru people see Napona as meaning intuitive, innovative and original, a signature trait Will and Kristy incorporated into their menu and hospitality.

Napona’s closure follows on from fellow hospitality closures over the last month including Pistol Petes Food n Blues, Great Ocean Road Distillery and Gin Kitchen and the most recent La Cachette.

With the final days of service upon us, make sure you get down to Napona to celebrate the end of an era over great food.

Where: 24 Hodgson Street, Ocean Grove VIC

When: Breakfast/Lunch: Wed – Sun, 9am – 2:30pm, Dinner: Tues – Sun 5:30pm – late

Final day: Saturday 13 July, from 5.30pm

Menu: View their menu here