Melbourne CBD: Bar Americano and Pentolina close, St Kilda shops face safety concernsPosted by On

Unlike other Australian cities, visitors to Melbourne were destined to hear at some point, the Victorian capital really “has” a CBD, not just a place where workers dutifully converge for eight hours before vanishing to a more a pleasant area as soon as the clock strikes five.

And, any fair-minded observer would have to concede, proud Melburnians had been spot-on when they said it – Melbourne’s CBD was definitely better, on almost any measure, than the six other Australian capitals.

It’s why the CBD’s restoration to a semblance of its former self, thick crowds circulating through narrow laneways, pubs a packed blur of various football scarfs, or tourists with bags of expensive new clothes, has become such a focus for politicians and the media, even to the extent where the state opposition has introduced a shadow portfolio for ‘CBD Renewal.’

And to many Melburnians the city’s renewal is a given – after all, wasn’t it voted the world’s most liveable city seven years in a row?

But here’s where they might be wrong, or at the very least, taking the rebirth of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ as a granted.

Post-lockdown blues

It’s taken its time, but the past few months have at last seen life and activity return to Melbourne – waves of people exiting Flinders Street Station and packed trams.

But for one well-known hospitality venue, Bar Americano, they had remained the last business standing in what was once one of the city’s most celebrated…

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