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MELBOURNE UNEXPECTED – COOKIE.

FOREVER UNEXPECTED.

Like the MINI, Melbourne is defined by the unexpected. The places and experiences that are found on the road less travelled – and the spirit that creates them in the first place. In this, MINI finds a common spirit with Rooftop Cinema, which has shown new releases and classics from the top of Curtin House since 2006.

As part of MINI’s sponsorship of Rooftop Cinema, we’ve partnered with them to seek out more of Melbourne’s unexpected side. Places created by people who aren’t content with the status quo and want to contribute something distinctive and exciting to the city.

In this episode, we talk to Karen Batson and Phillip Schemnitz. They are, respectively, the executive chef and architect of Cookie on the first floor of Curtin House. It’s a restaurant and beer hall that’s been subverting people’s expectations of how hospitality can work since 2003. They talk to us about the freedom that came from realising that a Thai restaurant didn’t need to look like a Thai restaurant – and how their instinct for community contributed to creating a timeless part of Melbourne.


ROOFTOP CINEMA 

COOKIE