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Sustainable restauranters to open F&B outlet at new URBNSURF Melbourne
The Three Blue Ducks, led by renowned chefs and avid surfers Darren Robertson, Mark LaBrooy and Andy Allen, will open their fifth restaurant (and their first in Melbourne) at the soon-to-open URBNSURF Melbourne.
Within its two-hectare surfing lagoon (similar in size to the MCG), URBNSURF Melbourne can produce up to 1,000 perfect, ocean-like surfing waves every hour, ranging from 0.5 metres to two metres in height. Set to pioneer a new, safe and inclusive way to surf, URBNSURF can customise the experience to suit all ages and abilities – from gentle, rolling whitewater for learners and beginners, through to steep, barrelling waves to challenge even the most experienced riders.
The Three Blue Ducks’ first Melbourne venue will perfectly complement this world-class surfing destination with Robertson advising "we’re beyond excited about this new venue and bringing our brand to Melbourne to showcase our passion for good and honest food. This partnership is close to our heart – after all, we are a bunch of guys who love good food, the ocean and surfing.”
Since launching their first venue in the Sydney beachside suburb of Bronte nine years ago, Three Blue Ducks have taken their passion for sustainable and ethically farmed produce to three venues in Byron Bay, Rosebery and Brisbane. Between 2012 and 2014, the Ducks also had a cafe and restaurant in Falls Creek, where they spent three winters in Victoria snowboarding and serving up fresh seasonal fare.
Entering the Melbourne food scene for the first time, Three Blue Ducks will encompass the group’s ethos of simple, real food, prepared with love – on a bigger scale. The restaurant will include inside and outside seating and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with impressive views of the surf park.
URBNSURF’s founder Andrew Ross said the Three Blue Ducks’ ethos aligns perfectly with the company’s aim to inspire the progression of modern surfing in a way that is authentically Australian, respectful of surfing’s origins, and protective of the environment.
Ross added "as we gear up for our public opening later this year, we couldn’t be more stoked to welcome Three Blue Ducks on board as our food and beverage partner for URBNSURF Melbourne.
"The Ducks’ passion for surfing, food,sustainability and community is what brought them together, and has driven their success – and this is closely aligned with our approach in creating the world’s best urban surfing locations, starting right here in Tullamarine.”
Leading the kitchen are co-owners and chefs, Darren Robertson, Andy Allen and Mark LaBrooy, who have already begun research trips, exploring the best of Victoria’s farms, wineries, craft breweries and artisan producers.
“We’re beyond excited about this new venue and bringing our brand to Melbourne to showcase our passion for good and honest food. This partnership is close to our heart – after all, we are a bunch of guys who love good food, the ocean and surfing,” said Robertson.
Expect plenty of smoky flavours from the kitchen, which will include a pizza oven, rotisserie and charcoal pit, and plenty of fresh, locally-sourced produce. In Three Blue Ducks-style, the venue will have a kitchen garden, growing herbs and Australian natives such as lemon myrtle and salt bush. There’ll also be a focus on minimising waste with on-site composting.
The drinks menu will feature a strong list of wines, beers and spirits, locally sourced from across Victoria, as well as coffee from long-standing Ducks partner Single O. Serving water, kombucha, wine and beer on tap will help keep bottle waste down.
URBNSURF Melbourne will also feature a hardware-led surf shop, Lagoon Supply Co., a fully-equipped surf rental centre, a surf academy offering tailored coaching and training, wellness activities, regular festivals and events, and much more to be announced.
URBNSURF Melbourne will open to the public this Summer.
For more information go to www.urbnsurf.com
Images: (Top from left) Mark LaBrooy, Andrew Ross, Darren Robertson, and Andy Allen and URBNSURF/Wavegarden technology in action at a test facility in Spain (below).
16th July 2019 - URBNSURF Melbourne prepares to launch as Australia’s first surf park
13th March 2019 - Australian developers identify site for Gold Coast surf park
7th February 2019 - World’s largest surfing lagoon to be built in South Korea
8th August 2018 - New artificial surfing attractions to open in Japan
18th July 2018 - Urbnsurf Perth development a step closer after Supreme Court win
21st February 2018 - URBNSURF announces investment backing for Australia’s first surf park
4th August 2016 - New sports confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
19th September 2014 - New Manager to shake up F&B offerings at Adventure World
22nd January 2014 - Wavegarden technology to revolutionise artificial surfing
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