Planning Minister Matthew Guy has given final approval for construction to begin on the new Stokehouse Restaurant.
“The rebirth of the iconic St Kilda restaurant, the Stokehouse, is now officially underway after a devastating fire in January this year,” Mr Guy said.
Mr Guy was joined by Stokehouse owner Frank Van Haandel to at the site of the new restaurant to view the conceptual site model of the building which will take on a contemporary design, voted on by the local community.
“The Stokehouse is not only a popular restaurant for tourists, but is much loved by locals, which is why it is important the new building is up and running as soon as possible,” Mr Guy said.
“The new building design respects the coastal landscape and is designed with glass at ground level providing uninterrupted views of the bay and retractable timber screens.”
Mr Van Haandel said he was pleased the restaurant would be trading again soon.
“After the devastating fire in January this year, we are very excited about what the future holds.
“I am proud the new design is able to feature a number of sustainable design features.
“We have energy efficient kitchen systems and appliances, solar thermal hot water, solar panels, rainwater harvesting to supply water and irrigation and deciduous green walls,” Mr Van Haandel said.