A change is as good as a holiday and chef and restaurateur, Jesse Gerner has decided to revamp the Carlton North community-driven cafe and bar, bringing in new owners, a new look, new menu and a new name, Park Street. 


Park Street will be a joint venture with Gerner and partners Kelly O’Loghlen, Shane Barrett and chefs Andrew Fisk and Russell Hall. Hall who is currently head chef at Fitzroy’s Añada (owned by Gerner) has been appointed to lead the kitchen.


“I’m really excited for this opportunity to shape the food offering at Park Street. After three years working at Añada with Jesse, the timing is perfect to make a move to another venue within the group. The Bomba/Añada crew has always felt like family and we’re putting together a great venue in Carlton North, a real neighbourhood gem,” says Hall.


Over time, the group has become more attuned to the needs of the broad-customer base they’ve built in Carlton North and are adapting accordingly. Gerner, Fisk and Hall are designing menus built on wholesome and flexible dining using premium produce including vegetables grown in Park Street’s own garden.


Park Street evenings will see the introduction of the Pasta Bar. Inspired by Jesse and Vanessa Gerner’s time at London’s River Cafe and with Carlton being the heart of Melbourne’s Italian community, hand-made pasta dishes will feature alongside a list of up to 200 wines, mostly by small producers. Park Street in the evening will be a place for a family dinner, a meal on the way home, a snack or dishes to share with friends. Utilising the dining room as an events space is also high on the Park Street agenda.


The venue will be given a refit; Vanessa Gerner is working on the interior and the build is by Donald Russell who worked with the team on the interiors of their other businesses, Bomba, Nómada and Samuel Pepys. They plan to lighten the room with cool white walls set to frame contemporary artwork by Aaron Kinnane. An open kitchen is a significant design change and mirrors, tan leather touches and indoor plants will soften the space.


Quality, community and generosity are integral to the Park Street experience and as such, during the refit, there will be a coffee cart set up outside daily so all regulars can stop by for their morning cup and a take-away bite on the way to start their day.


Green Park will close this weekend with the final service Sunday, August 13 and reopen as Park Street in early-September.


The group’s longstanding commitment to supporting environmental causes within and around the local community will continue to grow, as the well-established recycling and composting programs will remain intact at Park Street.



Green Park closing Sunday August 13 

New Restaurant: Park Street

Address: 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North VIC 3054

Opening Date: early-September


Park Street Hours: 7am-4pm Monday-Tuesday, 7am-10pm Wednesday-Sunday

Coffee Cart Hours: 7am-3pm daily, opens August 14

Owners: Jesse Gerner (Bomba, Añada, Samuel Pepys, Nómada), chef Russell Hall (Añada), Kelly O’Loghlen (Bomba, Samuel Pepys), chef Andrew Fisk (Bomba, Samuel Pepys), Shane Barrett (Bomba, Samuel Pepys, Nómada), Harry Fishman (Velo Cycles).


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