Arlechin has officially taken over Mornane Place. The CBD laneway was previously forgotten, however with the arrival of Guy Grossi and Joe Jones, this little slice of Melbourne has been given a new lease on life. Within the laneway you’ll find a luxurious bar where food, drinks and mischief meet.
The mastermind behind Melbourne hospitality institutions Grossi Florentino, Merchant and Ombra has taken to the streets, and has opened a new wine bar in the most unusual of locations. Guy Grossi and Joe Jones of Romeo Lane, have teamed up to bring life back to Melbourne’s back streets with the opening of their new wine bar Arlechin.
At Arlechin, you can expect a moody, soft-lit space, suitable for both one-on-one dinners and group situations. The budding hotspot seats 40 guests, making for an intimate experience full of playful character and authentic Melbourne laneway vibes.
Guy stumbled across the well-hidden gem last year during renovations on Florentino Grill. In need of a place to store the restaurant’s extensive wine collection, he took over a small tenancy in the gritty Mornane Place and transformed it into a fully functioning cellar. When the renovations were complete, Guy was inspired by the potential of the lane and decided to open up the cellar to the public. Whilst continuing to double as the cellar for Grossi Florentino, with waiters popping in and out for bottles for the restaurant, it is also a place for guests to sit amongst and enjoy the grandeur of Guy’s collection.
Taking cues from the flagship restaurant just across the lane, the menu at Arlechin features refined yet decadent European-inspired bar food, designed to complement the ever-changing wine list. A cocktail selection specially curated by Joe will also feature, meeting the desires of every laneway lurker and passer-by. Almost all menu items are designed to be eaten in one hand – as long as you can enjoy your pasta the Italian way (no spoon). The spaghetti puttanesca is bright with all the trimmings, minus the controversial anchovies. On the other hand, a slow cooked, traditional bolognese sauce is given an Aussie twist, stuffed inside a jaffle and topped with handfuls of finely grated parmesan.
The laneway’s transformation will also be aided by the City of Melbourne’s Love your Laneway Project. Guy and his team have been instrumental in encouraging renovations to the lane, and as a result, the council has directed funding towards street lighting. Warm natural textures are complemented by matte black finishes wherever you look, transforming this once forgotten space into an exciting, modern winebar.
Whether you’re after a casual drink, a complete feast or just a bit of late night mischief, Arlechin warmly welcomes you in.