A Museum-Inspired Grill-House from The King of Fried Chicken

Strap in for Natural History – a night at the museum, but not as you know it.

by Melissa Leong

What do you get when you cross an ex-nightclub owner turned designer with a French-trained chef with a penchant for southern-style fried food? Anything other than ordinary, that’s for sure.

Forget pared-back Scandinavian chic, subway tiles, polished concrete floors or any other colour-by-number restaurant design cues; Natural History Bar & Grill is the maximalist brainchild of Mike Delaney (Honky Tonks, Sorry Grandma) and ultimate insider chef Morgan McGlone (Belle’s Hot Chicken) and it’s here to shake up your expectations of restaurant dining in Melbourne.

A 1940s bank site has been transformed into one of Melbourne’s newest attractions, driven by big personalities and even bigger dreams. Natural History is a sprawling bar and restaurant that seats 350 and borrows its design aesthetic from big city Americana meets nature. Think the Oyster Bar at NYC’s Grand Central Station with its bustling, cavernous, multi-station offering, fused with The Smithsonian Institute.