As the weather starts cooling down and you can’t leave your house without going through the do I or don’t I need my umbrella debate, it’s that time of year us Melbournians get a little restless and start dreaming of escapes to tropical destinations. But then comes along a night like the opening of Rue & Co that remind us once again – not that we ever truly forgot- why Melbourne really is the best city in the world!
A collaboration between Melbourne food royalty, Rue & Co brings together Jimmy Grants from George Calombaris’ MAdE Establishment Group, the eagerly anticipated KONG from Chris Lucas’ Lucas group and Melbourne’s favourite coffee house, Salvatore Malatesta’s St Ali. Three Melbourne food institutions sitting side by side, serving takeaway food from shipping containers nestled under the skyscrapers at 80 Collins Street. Only in Melbourne! God, I love this city.
Calombaris said of the project, “Jimmy Grants at Rue & Co means souvas at the Paris end of Collins Street! Wow! This semi permanent dining hub in the heart of the city is takeaway food at its best, in great surroundings, with Kong and St Ali right alongside.”
The Glitterati of Melbourne got all rugged up and headed out to celebrate the opening night on Thursday, where we (yes I’m including myself as glitterati in this instance) were treated to the best street food going around, and most excitingly for me, a sneak treat from Kong, finally!
Of course in Melbourne an outdoor venue wouldn’t be complete without street art, and Rue & Co certainly haven’t disappointed with the incredible eight story high L’inconnue de la rue (unknown girl in the street) portrait by Melbourne artist RONE and digital installations by new media artist Joel Zika.
Rue & Co is open seven days a week 7am until evening for dinner. Stop in for your morning coffee, a bite to eat, a late night souvlaki or even just to admire the larger than life artwork. Definitely worth a visit!
Photography thanks to Lucas Dawson