The Vineyard Restaurant in St Kilda has a long history. It was originally built as a tea house in the early 20th century and has been in its current form as a restaurant and a live music venue since the 1990s. The City of Port Phillip is the landlord for The Vineyard Restaurant site.
The Vineyard Restaurant building is over 100 years old and is due for a much needed renovation and upgrade to bring it in line with current building and regulatory requirements including a part rebuild of its back of house facilities, with new toilets and kitchen.
In 2011, the City of Port Phillip, as landlord for The Vineyard Restaurant, negotiated a long-term lease for the premises that included a requirement for the tenant to carry out the necessary upgrades or 'substantial building works' at its own cost. In return, the Landlord offered the tenant a longer 15-year lease to enable it time to recover its costs.
Since 2011, the City of Port Phillip in its role as Committee of Management and landlord, has been working with The Vineyard Restaurant to reach a point where Council is comfortable with the designs being proposed by The Vineyard Restaurant for the upgrade of the site, as agreed in the lease terms, and Council is now seeking community feedback on the proposed new lease and development designs, prior to the tenant commencing the Development Approval (DA) process.
The upgrade will remain sympathetic to all heritage considerations and the existing timber clad structure will be retained. The look, feel and style of operations will continue, including the current live music, food and beverages elements. A new 'Art Wall' feature will front Shakespeare Grove to improve its southern interface with Acland Street.
Community members will have further opportunities to provide their opinions and feedback through the leasing and development process.
We are now seeking community feedback on the proposed new lease and development designs, prior to the tenant commencing the Development Approval (DA) process.