Located at the ‘Paris End’ of Flinders Lane, Melbourne's Botswana Butchery brings a taste of Australia and New Zealand’s best produce and wine to the dining capital of Australia. The ethos of ‘fun dining’ is key to Botswana Butchery, which is plush and wonderfully distinctive, but also welcoming. It's all about relaxed dining in a premium atmosphere.
This third project in Good Group's expansion across the ditch was a flagship Melbourne restaurant, where everything that we had learnt previously came together seamlessly. With three bars across three levels there’s many different experiences on offer.
We cut a central void into the existing slabs to connect the three levels, and introduced new stairs to allow travel vertically throughout the space. All areas are connected and yet remain private enough so you can enjoy the intimate space and fine dining on offer.
Working closely with the landlord and their design teams, we worked tirelessly in making these awkward spaces work, with some ceiling heights only 2.1m. Making the space 100% DDA accessible was a great achievement. With the introduction of a new lift and internal step lifts, anyone at anytime can reach any area.
Through the main entrance from Flinders Lane, you are greeted with a small bar and event space on a half level below. Up the stairs, in the newly constructed void, you are taken to the main dining space where you are purposefully directed towards the kitchen – on full display like its Sydney counterpart, with all the action front and centre.
Another large bar sits across the opposite side of the dining space that solely serves this large dining floor.
A few steps to the raised dining floor gives you another vantage point, from which to survey the restaurant and find direct access to a balcony that overhangs the street below. Looking up and down Flinders Lane is a treat that no other restaurant can offer, and a lot of care was taken to enclose the once open balcony into a cosy internal dining space.
Cutting back through the centre of the dining floor and up another flight of stairs takes you to the private dining floor. This level has its own cocktail bar and three private dining rooms that can be opened up and connected into one large dining space, capable of seating up to 70 people for a conference, or 150 for a cocktail party – a real game changer in fine dining event spaces for Melbourne CBD.