St Kilda watering hole poised for big changes
Property heavyweight Kevin Hunt has applied to demolish part of a tavern in a heritage-listed building in St Kilda Road and extend the pub's premises, patron numbers and trading hours.
Mr Hunt this week quietly resigned from a senior executive position at Melbourne-based developer MAB Corporation.
The property veteran, along with an associated company, has submitted plans to extend the Sunday trading hours, double patron numbers and renovate one of St Kilda Road's few watering holes, The Brasserie, on the corner of Moubray Street.
The venue, in the west wing of the historic 1866 Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind building, was until recently better known as the Belgian Beer Cafe.
It is on a block of land opposite the playing fields of exclusive private school Wesley College that was subdivided in 2009, and a portion of which will house a 19-storey, 332-apartment development recently launched by Malaysian developer SP Setia.
The liquor licence for The Brasserie restricts patronage from 7am to 1am six days a week and from 10am to 11pm on Sundays.
Planning documents show the venue's owners want to extent the Sunday trading hours to match the rest of the week and increase patron numbers from 260 to 400.
The garden area will accommodate up to 1300 people, according to the plans.
Any alterations or work on the RVIB building will need to be approved by Heritage Victoria.
The RVIB building also houses the licensed function centre, Ormond Hall, and creative artistic spaces, called the Chapel and Studios.
Mr Hunt previously worked for Sydney developer Lang Walker and national property group Mirvac.
He was recruited to MAB four years ago to revitalise its residential projects.
Mr Hunt did not return calls. "He is now working on his own private developments," an MAB spokeswoman said.