The Stone Hotel
298-300 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC
(03) 9419 6413
It takes a lot to be noticed on Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street, but the Stone Hotel is hard to miss.
The long-abandoned building at the intersection of Brunswick and Johnston Street has been recently re-opened, sporting graphic monochromatic swirls on the façade, executed by Melbourne graffiti artist MayoNaize.
The team behind this transformation is father and son duo, Tom and Tom Tschui. The younger of the pair was keen to set out on his own, having worked his way up through the hospitality industry to manage venues such as Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel and Federation Square’s Transport. He had an eye on the iconic site for a while, so when it nally became available they jumped at the opportunity.
From there, they renovated the interior themselves with the aim of creating a venue that was a clean, modern addition to the Brunswick Street pub scene. The name Stone Hotel was taken from the bluestone wall that was an impediment while building and has now became part of the exposed brick and stone aesthetic. Copper details, rusted metalwork and neon signage add to the industrial feel.
Chef, Luke Eckersall, (ex-Farm Cafe and Ladro) dishes up classic crowd-pleasers with a twist, creating the perfect accompaniments to your drinks. Whether you’ve come for a full feed or you’re just dropping by for a few drinks, the Stone Hotel has you covered. You can enjoy a seat a the bar, sit-down dining or the brand new roo op beer-garden – the ideal spot for late-a ernoon drinks in the sunshine.
To start, share the cauliflower croquettes with sharp cheddar béchamel and confit garlic aioli, perfect paired with locally sourced hickory smoked lamb ribs on a lemon and fennel purée. For something larger, turn to the mains menu, where you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy your appetite. Try the parmesan and sage-crumbed pork loin with buttermilk slaw, or for a vegetarian option, tuck into the warming smoked parsnip and walnut braise served on pearl barley.
There are also burgers to suit all tastes, such as the crispy cornflake-crumbed chicken with sriracha slaw, and the spiced lentil burger with cashew mayonnaise. If you’ve still got room for more, treat yourself to the next level of the dude-food craze – a savoury popcorn-crumbed doughnut with bacon and whipped bayleaf butter.
The bar’s emphasis is on craft beer, with well-liked locals Mountain Goat and Hawker on tap amongst other favourites such as Young Henry’s and 4 Pines. The wine list boasts plenty of Victorian varieties as well as some Kiwi imports.
Mix it up with a cocktail like the Dark and Stormy with Kraken spiced rum, fresh lime and Brookvale ginger beer. For something a little sweeter, opt for the Apple Pie, with Old Smokey apple pie moonshine, Jack Daniel’s fire, lemon, cloudy apple juice and grenadine, best sipped on the rooftop, looking out over the buzzing streetscapes of Fitzroy below.