Rue & Co has transformed the corner of Russell and Exhibition St into a platform for street art and also some of Melbourne's well-known names and restaurants.
Who you ask? Well the popular St Ali for a start, which has cafes in North and South Melbourne. Running business from a container, they'll provide your coffee fix, breakfast to go, burgers for dinner or even profiteroles with salted caramel filling to fulfill your sweeth tooth. Prices range from a few dollars for sweets and coffee to $14 for a burger with chips.
St Ali's lunch/dinner menu with burgers and profiteroles!
At night, the outdoor area morphs into quite a sight. The work of art by artist RONE on the building is framed by fairy lights in trees, while moving projections by Joel Zika swirl around on the building opposite.
Meanwhile, the man behind Chin Chin, Chris Lucas has provided a teaser of his soon-to-come restaurant in Richmond, Kong BBQ. The food exhibits both Japanese and Korean influence. You can order roti rolls, buns or kong bo ssam, filling served with kimchi and lettuce, ranging between $11-$14.
The lines are roped off and signs indicating where the entry and exits are make the setup easier to follow. After you order, you wait on the side and it doesn't take too long.
Fairy lights at night whilst Joel Zika's media art projects on the left building
Even better, there's sheltered and unsheltered seating, from tables to eat with groups to bar stools if you're just popping in by yourself for a quick bite. There are also outdoor heaters to help you brave Melbourne's cold weather.
Finally, you'll also find Jimmy Grants, a popular Greek shop by Masterchef judge George Calombaris. With the original shop located in Fitzroy, and another shop to open at the Emporium, this place is all the rage. Their souvlakis ($9.50) are tasty and affordable, thus providing a convenient spot for your Greek food fix.
It's a great concept with big names, and such a prime illustration of Melbourne's food and art culture. Even better are the afforadable prices. Make sure you drop by, and if you have the chance I'd recommend visiting at night!