Victorian eateries, vintage cafes and vintage restaurants are in the process of being shut down in Melbourne’s CBD.
The Melbourne City Council has announced the closure of two of Melbourne’s most well-known restaurants in the next two months.
It is understood that the closures of the iconic Brass Kitchen Hardware and the elegant café of the same name in Old Town, as well as the Victorian cafe, The Hanging Tree, are part of a broader planning policy to reduce the number of vacant buildings in the city.
The council has issued a notice to the owners of Brass Kitchen, Brass Grill and The Hailing Tree, stating that they will need to close at least two of the restaurants by March 15, 2019, and the remaining two by March 31, 2020.
“In order to achieve the maximum efficiency and safety for residents, businesses and residents, the City of Melbourne has issued the notices of termination,” the council said.
Victoria City Council’s Chief Planner, Catherine Smith, said that the closure will be “disruptive” to the local community.
Ms Smith said that this will be a “disaster for the surrounding areas”.
“This closure will impact on residents in the area, and those who live in the surrounding area,” she said.
“People will miss out on being able to come into the CBD to visit and eat.”
This is a huge disruption to the residents in that area.
“She said that a community consultation on the future of these businesses would take place by the end of March.”
Residents have a right to know what is happening in the future and have a say,” she added.
Catherine Smith said the closure was part of the City’s plan to reduce vacant buildings.
Council’s chief planner, Catherine Tansley, said the plan was to “reinforce and extend” existing plans to ensure that buildings in a “bureaucratic nightmare” would not be vacant for a longer period of time.”
We know that the city is facing a long-term housing shortage and a shortage of affordable housing, so this will allow us to improve the availability of housing, increase the supply of housing and make sure people who live within the CBD can enjoy a good local food experience,” Ms Smith said.
The council will also consider a request to close The Hocking Tree, which is on the south side of Old Town.
Melbourne City Council chief planner Catherine Smith says the closures are part the planning policy.
But as this process progresses, we’ll make a determination as to the final date for the closure.””
We have identified a number of the vacant buildings and that’s why we are in this consultation process,” she told the ABC.
“But as this process progresses, we’ll make a determination as to the final date for the closure.”
She also said that The Hitching Post will not be closed.
However, Ms Smith also said the City would “make no representations” to people about the closure plans.
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