History

Backyards & Bolognese

/ / / By King & Godfree Wednesday April 20, 2016 See More — / / /
Melbourne has a very strong Italian heritage, which dates back to the first settlement. However, it was the post war era of the 1950s that saw 170,000 Italians come here and change the face of Melbourne, forever. Carlton is the home of Melbourne’s Little Italy and Lygon Street is its epicentre. In the late 1950s,… Read more See More — / / /
Friends & family

Two Minutes with Matthew Herbert

/ By King & Godfree Monday April 11, 2016 See More — /
Herbert & Mason have been engaged as lead architect on the King & Godfree redevelopment. They’ve been given the task of bringing the precinct to life, drawing inspiration from the old format Roman bars/eating rooms and providores. The building’s original features and the heritage of Carlton also played a large role in shaping the aesthetic… Read more See More — /
Friends & family

Setting up shop (Part One)

/ By King & Godfree Friday April 8, 2016 See More — /
King & Godfree has been operating since 1884. It only started specialising in Italian food and wine when Carlo Valmorbida bought the business in the 1950s. He starting importing his favourite Italian foods including pasta, tuna, canned tomatoes and Italian espresso coffee to sell to post-war European immigrants who were hungry for a taste of… Read more See More — /
Food Matters

A hive of activity

/ By King & Godfree Thursday March 24, 2016 See More — /
Walk past King & Godfree today and there’ll be a lot of activity going on as our redevelopment gets underway. On the street level spaces are being stripped back, underground the cellar is being readied, there’s even activity on the roof. But up there, it’s the bees that are busy, making honey for our friends… Read more See More — /
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Once full of beer and wine. Soon to be full of beer and wine once again
Isidoro from Rome applying a traditional Italian “intonaco” finish to the office walls upstairs
Leave the pink or repaint it? Our heritage Sirena Tonno sign is coming down to be artfully restored ...
136 years since we first opened our doors and we're excited to say that we'll be reopening them ...
The exciting part starts now. Read more about the construction process online
Matthew Herbert of Herbert & Mason shares his architectural vision for K&G. Watch the video online
Our journal website is live! Join us behind the scenes during construction, meet our development ...
Should we leave this little sculpture in the renovated cellar?
It's a mess inside
Window decal installation underway
Lygon Street window decals. Test print approved
Goodbye for now. We'll be back soon