Sarti has closed

Published on 6 August 2019

Photo: Sarti (photography Pete Dillon)

The Russell Place institution is calling it quits in its current format, and will relaunch at the end of the year.

Inner-city Italian landmark Sarti has closed its doors after 13 years’ trade. "The waiter is taking off his tie," says co-owner Joe Mammone. But the news isn’t all sad. Sarti may be done, but Mammone and his partners (who also operate Il Bacaro, Bar Carolina and the brand-new Tetto), aren’t done with the site at 6 Russell Place – plans are already underway to revive it at the end of the year under a new flag.

As its name may have suggested, Sarti took some of its aesthetic cues from the former tailor shop it inhabited. The new business will also be Italian, but it will play a different bat, with an eye on a different demographic.  

"We're rolling up our sleeves and working with Chris Connell and his talented design team again to create a younger, more playful concept," says Mammone, "jumping a step ahead of the continually evolving Melbourne hospitality scene."