Introducing Ricky & Pinky….Saturday, 16th July, 2016
Introducing Ricky & Pinky….
With a public house as iconic as the Builders Arms Hotel, one can never truly own the space, but be a custodian for a period of time. With each incarnation brings a renewed sense of energy and life. Current stewards of this landmark pub, Andrew McConnell, Josh Murphy and Anthony Hammond have created a venue that defies definition, creating drinking and dining with flexibility, warmth and authenticity. While those core values will remain unchanged, the Builders Arms Hotel will soon evolve. A change of dining style, menu and aesthetic is on the horizon, and it may not be entirely what people will expect. Introducing Ricky & Pinky, the Chinese restaurant within a landmark Fitzroy pub, run by Australian hospitality veterans.
Chinese restaurants within Australian pubs are nothing new. They hark back to the days of country pubs of the 1960s and 1970s, where Chinese restaurants juxtaposed with neighborhood public houses. Ricky & Pinky, imagined by McConnell, will be brought to reality by a crack team of fresh design minds – with architecture and design by Sibling, creative direction and flourishes by Tin & Ed, along with brand identity from Studio Round. The design references the traditional Chinese notion of infinity, with welcoming gateways and objects to connect each space seamlessly, albeit in an untraditional way. Existing internal walls will come down to reveal an open and rollickingly lively restaurant. To make way for an entirely unified space, the room currently housing Moon Under Water will also undergo a transformation as a part of the new Chinese restaurant.
The feel will be fun, yet restrained. Favourite aspects of Chinese dining experiences will be seen in round tables, fish tanks, and of course the ubiquitous lazy Susan to make meal sharing practical and fun. New textures, lighting concepts and finishes within the bistro and newly opened dining room will create a warm and inclusive environment with a view all the way to the now visible kitchen. The chefs of the Builders Arms Hotel have been hidden for far too long.
By McConnell’s side in the Ricky & Pinky’s kitchen will be Archan Chan, McConnell alumna of six years and former sous chef at Supernormal and Golden Fields. Having spent the past twelve months at Redfern’s Moon Park, she returns to McConnell’s stable with renewed passion and her mastery of elegant and accessible Asian cuisine. The Ricky & Pinky’s menu will eschew formalities and structure, and will include shared snacks, smaller plates and larger dishes. And of course a full Chinese family banquet for sharing.
The space will be playful, vibrant, and smile-inducing, and will remain a regular meeting place for drinks, and meals to be shared. The sacred Front Bar of the pub will remain unchanged, as will the exterior and soul of the building.
Moon Under Water will see it’s final service on Saturday 23rd of July.
The Builders Arms Hotel will undergo refurbishment from Monday 8 August, reopening Monday 22 August.
Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2016Thursday, 14th July, 2016
Gertrude Street comes alive in late July. Now in its ninth year, the Gertrude Street Projection Festival is set to delight revellers once again for two weeks from this Friday 15 July. Explore the street with its awe-inspiring displays, then set up camp in the Public Bar or Bistro to take in the atmosphere and admire the imagery projected onto our neighbours.
The view from our street-side tables is spectacular, and you’ll be warmed from the inside by our spiced mulled wine available over the bar – a winter festival essential. We will have some special bar snacks created by our kitchen team to keep you fuelled and ready to take in the sights.
Our walls will form a canvas for artist Kate Geck, and her piece Apeiron. A kaleidescopic and cosmological construct from early Greek philosophy, it will be sure to hypnotise and engage you.
We will be open until late every day of the festival.
New releases from the Yarra Valley on our wine listWednesday, 8th June, 2016
2015 was a cracker in the Yarra Valley and we’re really excited to see some fantastic new releases on our wine list. Here is a snap shot of some of the treats to enjoy over the winter months:
2015 Arfion Fever: A fulfilling and tasty white with little skin contact that has a seductive, sunset orange appearance. A great field blend that brings lots of exotic and flavorsome elements together, a perfect match with the curried mussels.
2015 Dr Mayer Pinot Noir: Made by one of the true legends of the Yarra Valley, Timo Mayer, who keeps churning out absolute gold from his Yarra Valley site. 100% whole bunch fermented bright fruit jumps out of the glass, whilst a firm structure gives this wine shape and depth, a very classy drink. Chicken cooked over the goals of the rotisserie? We think so!
2015 Sterna Syrah: The love child of two young fellas trying to have a crack at making it on the big stage. The result…. Dale and Rhen have absolutley nailed it! This Syrah (or shiraz if you like) has a big punch of dark red fruit and wild herbs that give this wine interest whilst remaining accessible. Very enjoyable with a grilled steak in the Bistro. Watch this space as these young guns are on to something GREAT!
Let’s PartyTuesday, 29th March, 2016
This month we are excited to launch our new menus for private dining and events. They reflect what’s in season – we’re focusing on Autumnal roasts & flounder and pork shoulder right now, and desserts featuring the last of summer berries. Groups can dine from a 3 course banquet menu, or an unmissable 5 course menu, depending on your gathering and appetite.
Moon Under Water – Two Chef’s HatsTuesday, 6th October, 2015
We are honoured to receive a second chef’s hat at this year’s The Age Good Food Guide Awards. We’re thrilled to be recognised for our outstanding food and generous hospitality. Congratulations to our passionate team for such a wonderful achievement.
We’d love to welcome you in for dinner. From 6pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call 9417 7700 to make a reservation.