Melbourne’s favourite casual Greek eatery, George Calombaris’ Jimmy Grants, is coming to the Gold Coast.

The famed chef already has five Jimmy Grants eateries in Melbourne, but now he’s making the move to Robina — and our stomachs are already rumbling.

“The Jimmy Grants menu offers a modern take on the classic Greek souva,” says Jimmy Grants marketing manager Andrew Hunting. “Our focus is on providing a delicious, casual dining experience that takes the humble Greek souvlaki to a whole new level. Slow roasted lamb and chicken from the spit, delicious salads and feta chips are at the heart of the menu — all fresh and incredibly tasty.”

Jimmy Grants is a celebration of George Calombaris’ Greek heritage and Australia’s multicultural makeup.

“The term ‘Jimmy Grant’ was used decades ago as rhyming slang to describe all new immigrants to Australia,” Hunting explains. “Jimmy Grants is a celebration of everything migrants have contributed to this country. The fact that our menu is Greek doesn’t limit our admiration and respect for the many different nationalities that make up the Australian population.”

Hunting says Jimmy Grants has succeeded in Melbourne because of its delicious food and affordable prices.

“As in most Australian cities, the food scene is very competitive, but there are some things that will always appeal to customers — fresh, delicious food served in a great space that is priced appropriately.

“Jimmy Grants ticks all these boxes, and has reclaimed the souvlaki from being a late night, somewhat blokey indulgence, to being a healthy and delicious daytime meal. We’re very proud of the quality and freshness of our ingredients and our customers certainly appreciate our efforts.”

In a real coup for Queenslanders, we’re getting a Jimmy Grants before our perpetual rivals in New South Wales.

“Coming from Melbourne, we’ll stay well away from that rivalry,” Hunting laughs.

“There are good reasons why Jimmy Grants is coming to the Gold Coast, including the great position we’re taking at Robina, the local demographic and booming population of the whole region and, of course, the opportunity to offer something completely new to both locals and visitors. We’re excited to open our first store outside Melbourne at Robina for all of these reasons.

“We’d like to keep the final design and fitout details as a surprise to be unwrapped on opening day (and it is amazing!), but Jimmy Grants Robina will certainly be a warm and inviting place to dine. An open kitchen bar, takeaway section and spacious indoor and outdoor seating options are the key design features. It’s also one of the biggest stores we’ve undertaken.”

It’s a Jimmy Grants tradition for each new venue to boast an ‘exclusive’ menu item, but for now, they’re playing their cards close to their chest.

“We always like to have something a little special for each new store we open, however the final menu is currently being finalised, so the details of what that might be aren’t available yet,” Hunting says.

“Rest assured, though, that all the Jimmy Grants menu favourites will be available.”

Jimmy Grants is expected to open in late October at The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre (19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina). Subscribe to Bmag for more details!

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