Scott Pickett, the chef and restaurateur behind ESP and Estelle Bistro, is due to open a delicatessen and rotisserie at Queen Victoria Market. Pickett's Deli and Rotisserie will take on the market deli concepts that Queen Victoria Market's long-time tenants have perfected for decades and add on an all-day eatery and a bar. Visitors will be able to saddle up for an early morning breakfast before a walk through the market and eat in or grab a takeaway lunch during the day. By night, the Hirsch Bedner Associates-designed venue will transform into a city restaurant and bar where city dwellers can order a post-work cocktail or glass of wine to go with bar snacks, or stay awhile for dinner.
The move reflects fellow chef Paul Wilson's planned move to open Wilson and Merchant, a flagship restaurant and rotisserie slated for an August or September opening at Prahran Market. "My very first memory of Melbourne is visiting the Vic Market and tucking into a grilled bratwurst before the footy," Pickett said in a statement. "I've always been enchanted by the market's bounties and have many friends and suppliers here. It's a special moment for me to be able to now work alongside them with my own offering at this unique Melbourne destination."
The opening of Pickett's Deli and Rotisserie comes along as the Queen Victoria Market precinct prepares for an impending five-year redevelopment that will add better facilities and more public spaces to the iconic market.
Pickett's Deli and Rotisserie will be open seven days a week from 7am to 11pm.