Thu. May 19th, 2022

The sandwich scene by the bay is blooming soon. Hot on the heels of the opening of North Melbourne’s Bread Club in Albert Park, Hector’s Deli, the Richmond venue, whose chefs mean impeccable product, is planning its second location in South Melbourne.

The team has taken over the lease of the one-time institution Clarendon Street GAS Eatery and Supplies.

As with the Richmond original, Dom Wilton (co-owner along with Vanessa Bossio and Edward Ring) says the focus remains on improving classics rather than reinventing the wheel, with each item carefully produced to restaurant standard.

Hector's Deli brings its hefty sandwiches to South Melbourne.

Hector’s Deli brings its hefty sandwiches to South Melbourne. Photo: Cheyne Toomey

The core sandwich selection winds south, including the tuna melt with the house’s pickled green chili; HCT (hectic cheese toasty with a triple hit of dairy and tomato dish) and the crumbled chicken or mushroom sandwiches on a steamed potato bun.

In addition, there will be a new range of fresh sandwiches built to withstand journeys developed during lockdown, such as roast beef served on custom-made Turkish bread. There will also be a range of salads, including a game of panzanella with tomatoes, cereals and homemade tomato vinegar. They will offer additions like egg mixture and avocado to make salads a substantial lunch.

Hector’s Deli also plans to develop its house-coffee range, including canned caffeine to go. They will also sell two beers, one on tap, including their own brew developed with Stomping Ground.

Hecker Guthrie will design the interior of the second location.

The doors are expected to open in July at 253 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, hectorsdeli.com.au.

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