Big Mouth shuts after 27 years, building re-rents

The double storey building is configured with dining rooms, two bars and a kitchen. It has been leased to the operators of nearby Veludo.

Big Mouth has shut after 27 years and the Acland Street property it occupied has been re-rented.

In a deal struck during and after the last Melbourne lockdown, the hospitality group which runs Veludo in the area, will also trade it as a bar and restaurant – from the second quarter.

At the north west corner of Barkly St, the c1938 Art Deco building contains 360 square metres of area over two floors configured with dining and lounge spaces and a commercial kitchen.

Village Belle, which was recently renovated, is adjacent.

The pocket is walking distance to the beach, Peanut Farm Reserve and St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

The suburb is about six kilometres south of the city.

Hospitality leasing deals continue to take place: agent

After Big Mouth vacated 168-170 Acland St last August, Gorman Commercial’s Nathan May and D’Andra Rao offered it fit-out or with an incentive if it were refurbished.

“Over the course of the campaign we received more than 50 enquiries including from several key hospitality operators,” according to Ms Rao.

“The…tenant committed to the property in October, we then navigated the ever changing rules and regulations on businesses as Victoria reopened,” the executive added (story continues below).

The Acland Street property contains 360 square metres of area.

“Transactions continue to take place,” the agent said of the retail leasing market.

“We believe this deal will bolster the Acland St precinct and surrounding communities”.

Another Melbourne retail era ends

Big Mouth, founded by Paul Del Din, Carlo Colissimo, Pete Treble and Andrew Snow, opened in 1993 – taking over from restaurant Carlos Murphys Irish Mexican Cafe.

The businessmen had not long earlier established Swanston Street’s Lounge Bar (which closed in 2019).

Their initial plan for Acland St – a pool hall – was refused by council.

Last week we reported Henry Bucks quit its Toorak Village outlet after more than three decades.

Not long earlier, Hopetoun Tea Rooms relocated from Block Arcade to 421 Bourke St.

In 2018 Allans Music vacated the Melbourne CBD after more than 150 years.

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Marc Pallisco

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