Contemporary, ethical restaurant Three Blue Ducks has opened its doors at URBNSURF Melbourne this week.
Located 16 kilometers from Melbourne CBD and just minutes from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, Three Blue Ducks will complement the urban surfing destination, which has become both a popular visitor attraction and event venue since opening in January.
Event professionals who attended AIME 2020 were among some of the first to experience the venue back in February, before it was forced to close amid COVID-19.
Now URBNSURF is ready to welcome surfers back to the water and to the brand-new Three Blue Ducks.
The 350-seat venue overlooks the two-hectare lagoon with indoor and outdoor seating, and also features a kitchen garden growing herbs and Australian natives such as lemon myrtle and salt bush.
The restaurant will be serving up classic ‘Ducks-style’ dishes including the spanner crab scramble for breakfast, mussels for lunch and a range of pizzas available all day.
Once restrictions on events ease, the venue will be available to hire exclusively for events, with space for up to 400 for a cocktail event or up to 300 seated across different areas in the venue.
Co-owner Mark LaBrooy said the team never anticipated how challenging 2020 was going to be.
“The hospitality industry has been hit hard this year, and we just feel really lucky that we’re able to finally launch a partnership that we’ve been excited about for so long,” he said.
“We’re honoured to be working with some incredible people and suppliers on our first Melbourne venue, and we can’t wait to get down there and bring it to life. This one’s really close to our hearts – at the end of the day, we’re just a bunch of guys who love good food and surfing.”
URBNSURF CEO Damon Tudor said the team is “stoked” to finally welcome Three Blue Ducks to the venue.
“The Ducks’ passion for surfing, food, sustainability and community is what brought them together, and has driven their success – and this closely aligns with our mission to create the world’s best urban surfing locations, including here in Tullamarine,” he said.
“Our members and guests have been craving healthy, delicious food and beverages post-surf, and we’re thrilled to have the Ducks opening in time for Summer to truly complete the URBNSURF experience.”
Headed up by Mark LaBrooy, Darren Robertson, Andy Allen, Chris Sorrell, Sam Reid-Boquist and Jeff Bennett, Three Blue Ducks Melbourne joins existing venues across Sydney, Brisbane and Byron Bay.