Seven new cafes and restaurants are now open inside Melbourne Airport’s new $20 million Terminal 1 dining precinct known as The Square. 

The venues include local favourites like Rustica, Pope Joan, Veneziano and ST. ALi, as well as Mobo Moga, owned by Gary Mehigan, The Local Taphouse, run by Stomping Ground Brewing Co, and The Grace Wine Bar and Eatery.

Restaurants in the 2,400m² precinct open as early as 4:30am, serving travellers up until half an hour before the last Qantas domestic departure.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Retail, Jai McDermott, said that the exciting redevelopment builds on the city’s food culture, connecting travellers to some of Melbourne’s finest cafes and restaurants.

“Melbourne is widely regarded as Australia’s foodie capital, so we carefully selected food and beverage operators that showcase our city’s finest coffee, food and bars,” Mr McDermott said.

“The redeveloped dining precinct is designed to reflect our city with brands people know and love featuring food and cuisines that can be found in the CBD, Richmond, Collingwood, St Kilda and South Yarra.”

Mr McDermott said that the new space, directly after Qantas security screening, encourages guests to dine-in rather than eating at communal tables like a traditional food court.

“There’s something for everyone inside The Square with restaurant-style service, and grab-and-go options, creating an elevated dining experience featuring fantastic views of the airfield.

“We’re excited to unveil the new eateries in the lead up to Christmas as we anticipate strong passenger numbers over the festive season.”

The Terminal 1 Square redevelopment created around 120 jobs during construction and 160 ongoing hospitality roles.

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