With its dramatic amphitheatre, trendy bar and array of gastronomic offerings, Flinders’ new $63m Plaza and Student Hub is set to become the culinary heart of the southern suburbs in 2016.
The svelte lines of the new hub building has been chosen by Advertiser Chef of the Year Paul Baker of Blanco Food and Events as the home for a sophisticated new restaurant, Alere.
With a focus on premium seasonal produce, Alere will present predominantly local produce from organic and ethical farmers using the farm-to-table philosophy.
The name Alere means both ‘alumni’ and ‘to nourish’ in Latin, making it to the perfect title for the flagship restaurant.
In another cuisine coup, acclaimed CBD eatery Parwana Afghan Kitchen is coming to the Hub’s ground level food court, where it will be joined by Flinders Laneway favourites Myrtle & Mae and Toly Gourmet Vietnamese Street Food.
The bar meanwhile, will sizzle to the tune of the Burger Theory team who, headed by Flinders alumni Dan Mendelson and Robert Dean, will step up from their purpose-built shipping container kitchen to running the key venue on campus.
A Flinders institution in its day, Flinders’ former watering hole, the Tavern, has been sorely missed, and Dan and Robert will be going all out to fill the void felt by many of Flinders long time servants.
Grass Roots Café, trading as Grind and Press, will operate an entry café on the busy main route into the new Hub, while Wholefoods will remain on the eastern side of the plaza and the perennially popular Subway will return with its quick and easy sandwich offerings.
Café Bon Voyage will remain in the Flinders Laneway, with operator Gourav and his team maintaining the relaxed and friendly vibe that has come to characterise the area.
Of course there’s more than simply food and drink to the Hub, which thanks to the redevelopment will have some of the best collaborative learning spaces in Australia.
The hub will also be home to the Flinders University Student Association, clubs and societies, and a centrally located retail precinct, pharmacy, post office and travel agent.
The 2,000 seat terraced amphitheatre features a giant super screen, and will host everything from moonlight cinema to Adelaide Fringe events.
An incredible new space that is partially the brainchild of Flinders’ own students and staff, the plaza and hub is intended to have wider appeal as a destination for the local community, businesses and visitors – contributing to an active campus and vibrant student experience.
Food service in the new Flinders plaza and student hub will commence in February, ahead of the development’s official launch in March.
To see more of our Plaza & Student Hub, please visit hub.flinders.edu.au.