Father’s Office won “BEST THEME BAR” and was a finalist for ” BEST SERVICE AND PRESENTATION” at the 2013 AHA Awards
Walk down Little Lonsdale St and find a set of doors with a peep-hole and the 18th Amendment on entry. Walk up the stairs and you are transformed into an old world of the 1920’s prohibition era where the girls are dressed as flappers and guys as gangsters.
Father’s Office Speakeasy Bar & Restaurant is based on prohibition Americana in the 1920s, when the consumption of alcohol was prohibited. Vintage pieces line the establishment, including an original Swanston Street sign. The spectacular view of the State Library sets the scene to chill on the large wrap-around balcony and a signature cocktail; the opulent dining room with tin ceiling, art deco inspired wall sconces and decanter lighting. The custom-made copper beer tap over the industrial-style bar, period mosaics and gangster wall encapsulate the era of underground speakeasy bars.
The main bar is cosy with reconditioned fire-places from the 1920’s and an array of couches that sit underneath custom made copper lights.
Be transformed to another time and place as you discover hidden detail in the interior and decor. Then take a stroll around the large balcony that showcases Melbourne’s historic Swanston & Little Lonsdale Streets, the perfect place for small or large groups to come together.
The drinks menu includes a large range of Whiskey and Rum to mirror underground 1920s, complemented with tap beers from local micro-brewers. The food menu comprises Americana a la carte and food from the bar with high quality local produce and premium meat cuts.
About the Owners
Stewart Koziora & Anna Carosa are serial entrepreneurs. They have been in the retail game for collectively over 50 years. A husband -and–wife team, they are owners of the Retail Savvy Group which currently owns and operate the following:
1. Father’s Office – a 1920′s American “Speakeasy” bar & restaurant:
2. Asian Beer Café – 1920′s Shanghai bar
3. Mia Bella Diamonds – a diamond import business selling diamonds direct to the public via the internet:
4. Printergy Signs & Displays – specialises in large format digital printing. All equipment is owned and operated providing end-to-end experiences from a large broad client client:
Anna is Managing Director whilst Stewart is the Commercial Director of the Retail Savvy Group.
Father’s Office & the Asian Beer Café are arguably 2 of Melbourne’s CBD’s busiest bars and have a combined turnover of circa $9,000,000 million this year.
Anna has picked up a string of prestigious awards including being inducted into the Business Womens’ Hall of Fame, a Young Hero’s Award recipient, a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year & Telstra Business Women’s Awards. At age 20, she & her brother floated a company on the Australian Stock Exchange and raised AUD$16.8m. Anna remains the youngest female to have ever done this. After successfully floating, Anna launched msanna.com Group with her own Handbag and accessories line and retailing thru its 4 retail outlet including over 100 wholesalers across the country before getting into diamonds. Anna actively has a number of Internet Investments such a Bongo which targets the teen mobile sms market.
Stewart is a Fellow Chartered Accountant. He has been in retail all his life before and after completing his Professional Year. In his formative years, Stewart was CEO of Bob Lapointe’s food businesses including his Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, KFC, Sizzler operations. Stewart then co-founded wagamama Australia before selling out; he also has established Performis, a Registered Training Organisation before selling out to Jack Cowin & current management; likewise CONCEPT UK. Naturally gifted in operations and leadership, Stewart started his operational training with McDonalds and became a manager by the age of 15, a record still held to this day. Along the way, Stewart has been finalist in Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has won “Best Employer to Work For in Hospitality” and in the same year, placed 4th overall.
Since coming together, Anna & Stewart started off small flipping numerous café’s before extending their reach to larger foot-print venues which now form part of Retail Savvy Group.
Both Anna & Stewart have appeared in numerous business magazines and newspapers over the years and are recognised as industry leaders in their fields.
Father’s Office has recently won the “Best Theme Bar” 2013 and finalise for “Best Service & Presentation” at the AHA Awards and Asian Beer Café was a finalist for the “Best Theme Bar” 2013.