It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost eight years since Julius opened its doors on Fish Lane. Since that first night in November 2014, the pizzeria has become a go-to for lovers of Italian food, renowned for its woodfired pizzas and jovial atmosphere. Six years later, owners Cordell Khoury, Paolo Biscaro, Aleks Dzajkovski, Anthony Nicastro and Stefan Angelovski opened Bar Brutus – a spirited aperitivo bar positioned right across the lane from its pizza-throwing sibling. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the group is currently working on a new project – Italian wine bar Bar Rosa – injecting another dose of their much-loved hospitality into the Fish Lane precinct.
Bar Rosa is set to take over the space formerly occupied by Gauge on Grey Street, which sadly closed its doors earlier this year. The team is in the very early stages of design concepts, working with Clui Design to create a distinctive and welcoming space for thirsty patrons to perch for pre-theatre drinks, or settle in and stay a while. Moving away from the woodfired pizzas and vibrant spritzes Julius and Brutus are respectively known for, Bar Rosa will offer a selection of small Italian-inspired plates alongside a strong-but-concise wine list. Expect your taste buds to be transported to the backstreets of Florence as you graze on stuzzichini such as charred octopus and succulent meatballs, paired with a carefully curated selection of complementary drops. While entree-sized plates will be the focus, the team has hinted there may be a rotating plate of pasta or grilled fish gracing the menu for a more substantial bite.
Bar Rosa is due to open later in the year – we’ll keep you posted with details as they emerge. As for the team’s Newstead project, the venue’s fit-out is underway and progressing steadily. Keep an eye on The Weekend Edition for future updates!