Murmur Bar and Portello Rosso off Little Bourke Street, on Warburton Lane, a couple of Melbourne's coolest secret gems occupying an old spice warehouse. Both lit by lamps and candles each of the venues caters to a range of needs and tastes offering a cosy hideaway from the fuss and noise of the city, yet being right in the middle of it all.
Well over a century old, the heritage-listed building is all wooden floors, iron railings and firm leather couches. The owners have retained the original iron crane from its earlier incarnation as a warehouse as an eye-catching ceiling feature, and every aspect of the bar from the glassware to the flowers in the ladies' room speaks of attention to detail. It’s the perfect spot for a date with someone you really want to impress, and equally perfect for the after work cocktails. And downstairs there is Portello Rosso (trading at the moment as Murmur Kitchen), accessed through two large barn doors. It has seating around the central bar and an open plan kitchen with more seating above on a mezzanine level with the decor matching that of upstairs.
The two venues come under one lease with Portello Rosso until recently being sublet so each venue has its own liquor licence. Both venues have an on premises licence until 1am, Murmur with a capacity of 100 and Portello Rosso of 49. There are sixteen years left on the lease made up of 1+3+3+3+3+3 with a combined rent coming in at $2200 including GST. Both venues are in excellent condition with an extensive fixture and fittings list.
The vendors have the venue run under management at the moment but it is probably better suited to an owner operator that can take on either or both of the venues. Murmur is extremely profitable on its own with Portello Rosso having great potential. The vendors are looking for offers in the region of $495,000 to take on both of these exclusively listed venues.