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A bright new rooftop farm and eatery is headed to Melbourne’s east

Rebecca Russo
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Rebecca Russo

A 2,000-square-metre rooftop farm and eatery is coming to the new Burwood Brickworks development in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The urban farm concept will be run by Acre Eatery, a farm-to-table restaurant that first opened in Sydney’s inner west in 2016. Like its Sydney outpost, Acre Brickworks will focus on sustainability within the food industry. The rooftop venue will include a casual café and takeaway outlet as well as a farm-to-table full-service restaurant that’s centred around a seasonal menu.

Burwood Brickworks development

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Acre’s goal is to get people connected with the food they eat. Visitors will be able to interact with the urban farm through ventures including workshops, cooking classes, farm tours, pickling and preserving days, produce swaps, market stalls and interactive activities like beehives, composting, butterfly and flower gardens, hen houses and more.

Burwood Brickworks development

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The Burwood Brickworks development will also include a huge flagship Woolworths supermarket, Dan Murphy’s, a six-screen cinema and around 4,000 square metres of retail, food and beverage space.

It’s going to be extremely green – Brickworks wants to become the first retail development in the world to achieve full Living Building Challenge certification, which has targets like having the building generate more energy than it consumes. It will do this via a mix of on-site rooftop solar panels and off-site renewable energy, which will generate 105 per cent of the energy required for the building.

Excited? Burwood Brickworks will open in late 2019.

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