City of Port Phillip looks to add second storey to St Kilda’s Vineyard

The City of Port Phillip is planning to add a second storey to the popular Vineyard bar and restaurant in St Kilda – then sign a new lease with the long-standing sitting tenant.

The council is seeking community consultation prior to submitting formal renovation plans.

A new servery facing O’Donnell Gardens forms part of the application.

Upon completion, the restaurant will occupy a greater footprint than the current venue.

The Vineyard is operated by members of the Iodice family.

Artist’s impression of the renovated and extended Vineyard bar in St Kilda.

City of Port Phillip is considering offering a 15 year lease, at the market rate, following any renovation. The occupier can’t assign this lease for 10 years.

A landlord contribution of 50 per cent of the amount of the building works exceeding $1 million (but capped at $600,000), is also part of the redevelopment arrangement.

“The tenant must provide a community benefit as part of this proposed redevelopment,” the council added.

In mid-2016, City of Port Phillip removed car access from the Acland Street, St Kilda, retail strip, as part of a precinct revamp.

Later that year, the council re-opened a restaurant in Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, leased to Stokehouse, which had been destroyed a couple of years by fire.

Council also recently renovated the Palais theatre, in the immediate vicinity of Vineyard and Stokehouse.

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