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We're welcoming back this North Fitzroy gem with open arms. Here's why

After closing in December 2013, the Empress Hotel in Fitzroy has reopened; this time with a focus on food and craft beer.

It's under the ownership of Guy David who also owns Carlton’s Little Markov. His sister Lucy David – most recently of Rosa’s Kitchen – is sorting out the food, bringing a decidedly Italian influence to the menu. There’s gnocci with Melanzane ragu, panzanella salad, pork fennel and mozzarella pizza as well as originals like sticky glazed pork with green mango salad. You can still order pub classics and kids meals, too. With a resume that incudes heavy-hitting restaurants like Coda and Pei Modern, Ms. David is likely to continue the trend of pub fare writ awesome.

The renovations that took place over the last few months have opened up lots of bright open spaces, most notably a huge, comfortable dining area. The band room has been converted into a greenery-and-street-art-clad beer garden, due to open in the coming weeks.

It’s a big departure from the dark, live music haunt of the pub’s last incarnation. There are heaps of craft beers including Boatrocker, Hargreaves Hill and 2 Brothers and the taps are already flowing freely for the North Fitzroy crowd. Stay tuned for a full review once they’ve had time to settle in.

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By Fred Siggins   |  

The Empress Hotel details

714 Nicholson St, Fitzroy North 3068

Telephone 03 9486 5005

Open Mon-Fri 3pm-late; Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-11pm

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