Dinner at Fall From Grace
There are very few places in Melbourne that possess a character so unique and alluring that one cannot help but bask in its graceful presence. State of Grace is one of them.
But it was Fall from Grace, the venue’s hidden underground sister bar and cellar, which is one of the main attractions.
Those familiar with the venue briskly walk down a flight of stairs into the decadent space and head towards the bar, which stretches along the wall to order a drink from one of the many knowledgeable and energetic bartenders.
However, to those that were unfamiliar with the venue, there is always an initial awe at the genuine character and frankness the illustrious space provided.
The dimmed room, overhead chandeliers and regal walls transport guests to a time where celebrations were frequent and drinks were plentiful; a time when bars were built to cater to the needs of patrons – rather than simply make a profit. There is a maturity that echoes through the walls and as the burlesque dancers effortlessly glided across the floor it is easy to forget it is the 21st Century.
Beyond the venues lustre is the conception of their new blog, ‘By Grace x’, which was the main topic of conversation at an exclusive dinner the venue held to celebrate its inception lately.
Aimed at existing customers, the blog provides a behind-the-scenes insight into the chefs, bartenders and recipes, offering readers reviews and personal tips from the restaurant and bar. This unique initiative allows customers to establish a relationship with the venue long after the consumption of a meal or drink; creating an open dialogue on an accessible and relatable medium.
In today’s highly competitive and growing food industry, a restaurant can no longer survive on food quality or prestige, but needs to manipulate the platforms and mediums that make the industry tick. And whilst this might appear to be a withdrawal from traditional or conventional modes of business, this opening of the veil is an experience patrons and owners have, and will always be actively involved in.
Essentially a welcoming of ‘By Grace x’ into the big, scary and often saturated world of online food blogging, it was really a night for guests to sit back and enjoy the beauty in everything Fall from Grace had to offer.
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