Justin Hemmes takes laneway foothold in Melbourne

Justin Hemmes takes laneway foothold in Melbourne

Flinders Lane. Photo from Visit Melbourne.

Billionaire hospitality businessman Justin Hemmes refuses to be hemmed in by state borders, with the announcement today he will be expanding his Merivale empire to Melbourne. 

The company has purchased Tomasetti House, 277 Flinders Lane in the heart of the Victorian capital, and will mark Merivale's first expansion outside NSW and the second outside Sydney.

Last month Merivale acquired The Quarterdeck, a popular waterfront restaurant in Narooma on the NSW south coast.

Further details of plans for the property are due to be announced in due course.

"Melbourne is a very special city, with a unique energy and an inimitable soul. Its local hospitality industry is one of the best in the world; brimming with creative culinary talent and supported by a passionate community of diners," Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes said.

"We are honoured to open our first venue in Melbourne, and cannot wait to work alongside so many local industry greats.

"Melbourne's CBD has suffered terribly from the hardships of the past year. We are committed to doing everything we can to help reinvigorate the city and support it in its road to recovery."

The five-floor Tomasetti House was originally built in 1853 for William Degraves' flour-milling and merchant businesses.

"I have spent years travelling and being inspired by places from all corners of the globe, but the last twelve months has certainly reinforced that there is simply no place like home," Hemmes said.

"I am energised by Australia's collective appreciation for our own backyard and am extremely passionate about continuing to invest in an industry that defines so much of our vibrant culture."

Photo: Victorian Heritage Database

Never miss a news update, subscribe here. Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

Business News Australia

Help us deliver quality journalism to you.
As a free and independent news site providing daily updates
during a period of unprecedented challenges for businesses everywhere
we call on your support

Deliver on sustainable business promises with Modern Group’s WincovER rating
Partner Content
As a business owner, you’ll know that sustainability is a core part of developing...
Modern Group
Advertisement

Related Stories

Engineering powerhouse enstruct to be acquired by Canada's WSP

Engineering powerhouse enstruct to be acquired by Canada's WSP

An Australian structural and civil engineering company with a proli...

Healius appoints new CEO, sells Montserrat Day Hospitals for $139m

Healius appoints new CEO, sells Montserrat Day Hospitals for $139m

Healius (ASX: HLS) has today announced Maxine Jaquet will become th...

BlueScope Steel and former GM found guilty of cartel conduct

BlueScope Steel and former GM found guilty of cartel conduct

The Federal Court has found BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) and its...

Queensland doubles down on The Star with $100m fine and on-hold licence suspension

Queensland doubles down on The Star with $100m fine and on-hold licence suspension

The Star Entertainment Group (ASX: SGR) has been hit with a $1...