For a hundred years, old stables set
behind 100 Elizabeth Street, Hobart had been neglected; left to ruin.
They were rediscovered when local
developer, Rod West, asked what lay behind the street frontage and sought out
the Council plans. Underneath a century of dust and refuse he discovered a
unique building brimming with potential. Rod sought out a chef whose heart was
in real food: local and sustainable.
Rod found Iain Todd, now of Ethos Eat
Drink. Iain found Chloe Proud and Ethos opened its doors around three years
In April they launched a cocktail bar
upstairs. A year ago The Schwartz sandwich bar opened across the road, and during
July, Vita: Nature + Culture graced us with its presence.
Now they’re expanding further; creating a
premium food hub in Hobart’s West End.
Behind windows shrouded in butcher’s
paper, next door to Vita, is a hive of industry; preparations for soon to open,
The Providore by Ethos.
Chloe and Iain told This Girl a little
about what they’re planning.
A couple of weeks away, the doors will
open to a modern bespoke New York style deli.
What’s on offer will be made in house,
and what’s not, will be sourced from Ethos’ regular suppliers.
The Schwartz sandwiches will colocate and
you’ll find Ethos pastries for breakfast.
It will be a place to eat and shop. Pick
up the night’s dinner knowing it will be quality product, served by
knowledgeable staff and parceled up with information about how to make the most
from the food.
The central feature will be a huge smorgasbord
of opulent salads. Like Vita, you’ll help yourself and pay by weight.
I might never have to cook again.
While they finalise work to the Providore,
they have finished renovations to the cellar. You descend into the sandstone
foundations of this historic Hobart building by an old iron spiral staircase.
Expect this space to evolve over time. It’s
premium, now showcasing the really good booze producers in the state, all
Tasmanian, all customised but it’s likely to extend to hosting tastings of
local suppliers and other functions.
Keep your eyes peeled for the open doors.
Read our blog post on Vita: Nature +
Culture and find out more about Chloe and Iain here.