Jared Merlino’s latest venue, formerly known as Caffe Bartolo, has rebranded to Bartolo as a result of receiving Primary Service Authorisation (PSA) – and will now offer late night trading and the opportunity for guests to enjoy a drink without dining.
“My vision for Bartolo was always to create a space that felt like our little Italian home that catered for amazing drinking and dining experiences across both day and night,” Merlino explains.
“Upon opening in November 2018, we started the application process for a PSA (Primary Service Authorisation) that would allow our guests to drink without having to dine.
“It has taken six months but this has now come through along with our extended trading hours, so now we can focus back on our strengths, which are cocktails, long lunches and late night dining.”
With the PSA approved, Merlino and the Bartolo team will also be making some changes to the venue – “including a distinct bar area at the front of the venue, with beautiful walnut floorboards and bar height tables and stools to cater for those who want a more drinks focussed experience”, as well as carpeting the dining room.
The relaunch comes just after the unveiling of Grazia di Franco’s winter cocktail list, which Merlino says “is our strongest yet” and has been “absolutely wowing guests so far”.
Highlights of Bartolo’s third seasonal drinks menu include ‘It’s So Foggy’ (Bombay Sapphire Gin, Chartreuse Yellow, Mancino Bianco, Sour Pear, Native Myrtle Mix, Soda) and ‘Pancakes and Netflix’ (Plantation 3 Star Rum, Monkey47 Sloe Gin, Hazelnut, Orange, Coconut Water, Pastry).
As a result of the rebrand and refinement, Bartolo will be closed for renovations on 1-2 July and relaunch on the 3rd.