When: October 2012 – September 2014

Client: Three Musketiers (The Rooks Return)

Location: Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Team: Ammon Beyerle + Michelle Emma James + Charlotte Blythe + Micha Woodhouse

The Rooks Return is a bar/cafe in Fitzroy to the southern end of Brunswick Street. The aim of the project was to build a community-supporting bar & creative workspace that offered a genuine, welcoming and intimate experience delivered with a neat and clean style ("not hipster" or another "gentrification"). The bar has a focus on local content and quality - in particular, offering fair-priced local music, food, craft beers and carefully selected drinks.

The Three Musketiers are Josh Bailey, James Beyerle, and Christopher Couttie-Walsh, supported by Donald Wilde. James, Ammon's youngest brother, approached here studio to assist with design and managing the process of opening the bar. During the process we provided assistance with overall layout, aesthetic concepts, managing consultants, drafting and regulatory approvals (including planning and building permits, and liquor licensing). We tried to leave as much space for DIY as possible.

Setting up a new, licensed bar in Melbourne is difficult, and time-consuming (especially due to recent live music and liquor licensing debates). In order to get the space open as soon as possible we staged the process with a less-contentious Café/Tavern permit first, and supported a series of one-day events with temporary liquor licenses during the remainder. However, it still took a very long time.

The Rooks Return officially opened in July 2014. The resultant space is very beautiful, intimate and comfortable. It is filled with charm, recycled/found objects and careful eyes to detail - curated, designed and made by The Three Musketiers themselves.

(last update 17/09/14)


When: October 2012 – September 2014

Client: Three Musketiers (The Rooks Return)

Location: Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Team: Ammon Beyerle + Michelle Emma James + Charlotte Blythe + Micha Woodhouse

The Rooks Return is a bar/cafe in Fitzroy to the southern end of Brunswick Street. The aim of the project was to build a community-supporting bar & creative workspace that offered a genuine, welcoming and intimate experience delivered with a neat and clean style ("not hipster" or another "gentrification"). The bar has a focus on local content and quality - in particular, offering fair-priced local music, food, craft beers and carefully selected drinks.

The Three Musketiers are Josh Bailey, James Beyerle, and Christopher Couttie-Walsh, supported by Donald Wilde. James, Ammon's youngest brother, approached here studio to assist with design and managing the process of opening the bar. During the process we provided assistance with overall layout, aesthetic concepts, managing consultants, drafting and regulatory approvals (including planning and building permits, and liquor licensing). We tried to leave as much space for DIY as possible.

Setting up a new, licensed bar in Melbourne is difficult, and time-consuming (especially due to recent live music and liquor licensing debates). In order to get the space open as soon as possible we staged the process with a less-contentious Café/Tavern permit first, and supported a series of one-day events with temporary liquor licenses during the remainder. However, it still took a very long time.

The Rooks Return officially opened in July 2014. The resultant space is very beautiful, intimate and comfortable. It is filled with charm, recycled/found objects and careful eyes to detail - curated, designed and made by The Three Musketiers themselves.

(last update 17/09/14)