The Bourke Street Stories: An ode to our oldest and dearest restaurant
We say goodbye to an old friend.
Down the rabbit hole of Centrepoint Arcade in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, our Bourke Street restaurant has flipped up memories that will be cherished by many Melburnians and overseas visitors across 37 years. Some will fondly remember the Pancake Tossing races and eating competitions of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, which drew crowds of thousands in the mall during Moomba festivals and Shrove Tuesday. Others have had more intimate experiences - namely after first dates at one of Melbourne’s famous theatres which always guaranteed a great night. We say goodbye to an old friend with stories shared by our lovely fans.
“I remember getting a train in at 5am after my deb ball back in 1987 to have breakfast there. Now I take my kids there.”
Plenty of date nights.
“I took my now wife there on many occasions prior to our marriage, after movies, shows or pre-dinner shows, and, after we married... most memorable was taking our then eldest son to see ET. He was more interested in getting to go to the Pancake Parlour than he was in seeing the movie. So much so, that we didn't even see the end of the film... we had to leave 10 minutes prior to the end if the movie to get him to The Pancake Parlour...still haven't seen the end of ET to this day... lmfao... Will make new memories at the new site with our grandchildren!!”
“My friends and I would go there every Thursday night after dance practice at the ballroom at Flinders street station.”
Pancakes at Christmas time.
“Our families Christmas tradition for years. Myer windows and pancake parlour brekkie. We've had this tradition (like many families) since our first child was born 16 years ago. Up early, see the windows then onto the Pancake Parlour for breakfast! We will continue, it will just involve a tram ride in between now. 😊 We've been there with our tiny babies sleeping next to us in the booth and every age in between.”
END OF AN ERA
So many special memories shared from the many fans of Bourke Street. From love stories, to fun times with friends. Late night dining and magical Christmas memories. We hope to keep flipping you all up pancakes at our new home in Docklands! When one door closes…