Australian Open 2019 is set to be a foodie’s paradise with a variety of offerings from elegant fine dining to the best street eats, food trucks and everything in between served up to tennis fans.
Celebrity chef George Calombaris’ Hellenic Republic will make its debut this January, introducing an exciting pop-up in the brand new Melbourne beach themed location on Grand Slam Oval.
Also new for 2019 is the launch of Beijing Betty, which will take centre stage in the new Chinatown precinct on Grand Slam Oval. Beijing Betty is the latest concept from Commune Group, who are responsible for the hit restaurants Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina and retired Saigon Sally.
Top restaurants Rockpool Bar and Grill and Nobu will also return following a hugely successful launch in 2018. Advance bookings are currently available to fans to ensure they don't miss out on a stunning dining experience.
Grand Slam Oval will be the ultimate food destination for fans and will feature the very best of Victoria. This will include Shane Delia's modern take on the traditional kebab Biggie Smalls, delicious Mexican at Mamasita, and authentic American BBQ with San Antone. Piper Heidsieck will also launch their first Champagne bar at the tennis and the Lavazza cafe will fuel any caffeine cravings.
World-class chefs Albert Roux from Le Gavroche in London, Alejandro Saravia from Farmer’s Daughters and Pastuso, Melbourne, Simone Zanoni from Four Seasons George V, Paris, and Duncan Welgemoed from Africola in Adelaide will take part in the second annual AO Chef Series, a stand-alone fine-dining spectacular at The Glasshouse.
The AO Festival, AO Ballpark and AO Live Stage will all feature a huge variety of food and beverage options for fans, making the Australian Open the perfect place to catch up with friends and enjoy the social event of the summer.
Premium hospitality options include the return of On Court Seating, which was a celebrity hot spot in January with Will Ferrell, Gordon Ramsay and Will Smith sitting just metres from the world’s best tennis stars."Melbourne is renowned globally as a sports and food powerhouse and the Australian Open lives up to this reputation,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.“Our team has put together an incredible variety of food and hospitality experiences and we can’t wait to showcase the incredible chefs, restaurants and dining options at Australian Open 2019. There truly is something for everyone.”