The opening date of Melbourne’s newest food precinct, Grazeland, has been delayed by a fortnight due to the latest COVID-19 lockdown.
The 10,000 square metre Spotswood venue will now open on Friday, March 19 at 5pm.
Located next to Scienceworks, Grazeland will have more than 50 sweet and savoury food vendors, three bars, two stage areas, roving entertainers and live entertainment.
Designed to cater for up to 30,000 people a week, the precinct is set to be chiefly open air but with extensive covered areas.
Initially set to open early last year, Grazeland was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Grazeland representatives posted on Facebook that Victoria’s most recent lockdown had again pushed back the opening.
“The domino effect of this snap lockdown has forced our dedicated team and vendors to reschedule a number of works that were meant to take place over the last week, including some key principal trades and certifications,” the post reads.
“We know every person and business in the state was inconvenienced by the five-day lockdown, and we are no exception.
”We know you are all so excited to visit and support us, and for that we are so grateful.
“We know this news will be disappointing for many of you, as it is for us.
“But we hope you understand our situation and hold onto that excitement – for just a little bit longer.”
Grazeland director John Forman said the unique outdoor dining space was now more fitting than ever, bringing Melburnians a COVIDSafe casual dining precinct.
“It is more important than ever to be able to offer Melburnians a place to safely gather together and reconnect over food, discover new favourites, and create memories after experiencing such an isolating year,” he said.
Menu items include pizza from 48h, cannoli from Cannoleria by That’s Amore Cheese, Bengali-style curries from The Calcutta Club, freshly-shucked oysters and lobster rolls from Claw and Tail, frozen cheesecake from Stix, family-favourites from Hooked Fish and Chipper, African barbecue from Tasty Suya and authentic gelato from Cielo Gelateria.
Grazeland, at 20 Booker Street, will be trading Friday nights and weekends.
Opening hours are Fridays from 5-10pm, Saturdays from 12 -10pm and Sundays from 12-9pm.
Entry is $2.50 for those aged 12 and above.