C'mon. Like I am qualified to talk about them. Yes you with the filthy mind. Note, fanny means something different in Australia to what it does in many places.
This used to be Fanny's, the upstairs part anyway. One night I was passing by in a tram and smoke was pouring out of its windows. It was not a chef burning a chop but a genuine fire. It re-opened but in 1993 it closed. Just in May this year, the owner and big boss in charge, Gloria Staley, died at around the age of ninety. She was diminutive but fearsome.
Speaking of hospitality type peoples deaths, I note Kath Byers died recently, the long time publican of the Notting Hill Hotel, at the age of 98. Notting Hill Hotel was one of my father's favourite watering holes. He liked Kath in an unqualified way. Can't get much better recognition from my father.
Fine dining in Melbourne has re-invented itself, mostly based at Crown Casino. I have never really been fine dined. Value for money prevents me. I can get a nice pork roast at my local pub, and if I want beautiful strawberries or mussels fresh from the ocean, I just ask Sister to bring. She is proud to show off the wholesome produce from the Bellarine Peninsula.
Fine dining was big in Melbourne in the 1980s. There was the afore mentioned Fanny's, Miettas, Two Faces, Maxims, Glo Glos and one I can't quite remember, but one of you will. It was in Peel Street in Collingwood and ex politician and 'close friend' of Shirley McLain, Andrew Peacock, had some involvement with it. I just cannot remember the name but it was a two storey Victorian building.
Now the late, suicide, Fred Podgornik, who demolished the Case of Bananas, sorry, Casa de Manana hotel at the corner of Park Street and St Kilda Road South Melbourne and built his own office building had something to do with a fine dining restaurant too. Which one was that?
Another was maybe Walnuts at Camberwell Junction? Did Vi Greenhalf (heart?) have something to do with that?
Seems very little about these places show up with Google. It all really needs to be on the record, so if you can fill in some gaps???