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04 Nov 2021

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Meet the Ballarat businesses not letting a global pandemic get in the way of a grand opening at the tail end of 2021.

Common Ground

Food & drink

  • New kid on the block Common Ground has set up shop in Ballarat North in the former home of Howitt Street’s Bodega. The modern cafe is open six days a week serving coffee, breakfast and lunch.
  • The owners of Midtown Cellars & Bar in Sturt Street’s 400-block have described their venture as “Ballarat’s newest go-to for tasty wine and craft beer”. Take your pick from over 150 different craft beers and a wall full of wine.
  • Why have just one wine bar when you can have two next door to each other? Still under construction, Ellington’s Wine Bar will boast a rooftop bar overlooking Ballarat’s main drag. “Taking its cues from small neighbourhood wine bars in Europe, Ellington’s will offer Ballarat a distinctive experience of warm and generous regional hospitality coupled with a locally sourced and international wine list,” reads the business’ planning application.
  • Ballarat loves a good neighbourhood cafe and we now have another one to add to our growing collection – Lydiard General Store. Formerly The Local, the newly-opened “destination to delight” is located at 313 Lydiard Street North. Think Coffee Supreme brews, T2 Tea, Prana Chai, toasties, cakes, gifts and indoor plants. You can even get a cappa-fido or choca-fido for your pooch, along with Huds and Toke pet treats.
  • It’s almost time for a game of musical chairs at Ballarat’s Dr Fill and Griffin Burger restaurants. Griffin Burger will soon shift its Armstrong Street store to Stockland Wendouree. The vacated CBD shopfront will then reopen as Dr Fill – a modern diner renowned for its tacos, loaded fries and pimped-up cocktails. Ballarat’s Griffin family – who own and operate both businesses – also have Griffin Burger and Dr Fill outlets at Delacombe Town Centre.
  • If you thought Carboni’s couldn’t get any better, meet Carboni’s Next Door Italian Deli & Pasta. Now open at 152 Eureka Street (literally next door to its namesake restaurant), the deli is the Ballarat region’s only “pastificio” – or artisan producer of fresh pasta. The Carboni’s Next Door line-up also boasts freshly baked bread and Italian pastries, cannoli, charcuterie, cheeses, wine, beer and more.
  • When over 450 people visit a bakery on its opening day, you know it must be something pretty special. Gluten Free 4 U has just opened its ninth Australian store in Ballarat at 513 Main Road (opposite Sovereign Hill). As its names suggests, every product sold at the popular bakehouse is 100% gluten-free. Its extensive range also includes nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, yeast-free and fructose-free offerings.
  • When you’ve got Japanese pancakes, cronuts and dirty banana smoothies on the menu, you’re bound to make a good first impression. Nestled between Renard and Le Petit Patissier in Mair Street is newcomer 3350 Coffee Bar, which opened its doors in late October.
  • Renowned for its handcrafted gin, Kilderkin Distillery is set to open a new cellar door in Ballarat this summer. Stay tuned!


  • While it’s not a new business, Ivy&Coco will have a new home as of 6 November. The beautiful new studio at 40 Armstrong Street South will be filled with hand-painted pots, planters and homewares.
  • After testing the water with a pop-up shop earlier this year, Soho Rose Farm is returning to Sturt Street with a permanent shopfront – Windflower.
  • Tucked away in one of the city’s industrial areas, The Green House is already a winner when it comes to indoor plants and homewares plus its super cute cafe and workshop offerings. But very soon it will also be home to an outdoor nursery and function space complete with bar.
Monterey Eco Stay


  • The need to live smaller and more sustainably is the inspiration behind Captains Creek Organic Wines‘ newest accommodation offering. Monterey Eco Stay is a secluded and intimate luxury escape nestled among 35 acres of native forest at Blampied. Entirely off grid, the tiny house is built from salvaged Monterey cypress timber and can sleep up to four people.
  • The team behind boutique Lexton church conversion Grayling’s Gift will soon launch its latest accommodation offering, Jean-Claude. Located just 10 minutes from Ballarat, the bush property is described as a “lush caravan fit-out like nothing you’ve ever seen”. The two unique stays are part of Annie and Shane Brereton’s new destination accommodation brand – Wonder Inns.


Hotel Vera

Opening in 2022

  • The creative duo who brought us Lyon House and Lascelles Ballarat have raised the bar even higher with their next big project. David Cook-Doulton and Martin Shew are now transforming an historic Victorian mansion into Hotel Vera, which is set to open in the first half of 2022. Located at 710 Sturt Street, the boutique hotel and restaurant will offer guests a completely individualised experience with its seven luxury suites.
  • It’s full steam ahead on Ballarat’s newest conference and hospitality development, The Goods Shed. Situated next to the Ballarat Train Station, it will offer the city a new social, cultural and hospitality hub, featuring an outdoor plaza, convention centre, theatrette, meeting rooms plus drinking and dining experiences. Built in 1862, the heritage-listed building was once a vital transport hub for goods bound for export via Geelong and Melbourne. The Goods Shed is set to open in early 2022.

Main image: Monterey Eco Stay


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.