George Calombaris is giving up his Melbourne restaurant ‘Hellenic Republic’.

The greek restaurant will close and in its place will be “a new look, new name, new cuisine and new chef-partner”, according to The Herald Sun.

Matt Wilkinson will take over the restaurant and turn it into a British-influenced, Crofter Dining Room and Bar

“I haven’t been this excited, or nervous, since I did the changeover from fine dining to sharing at Circa in 2009,” Wilkinson told the Herald Sun.

“I want Crofter to be a modern-day inn. I grew up in a pub and that style of hospitality is what I want this to be, somewhere for a casual drink and snacks or full meal.”

The shakeup comes months after it was revealed that the former Masterchef judge underpaid his staff by $7.8 million.

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Ending this awesome week with some bittersweet news. On December 31, 2019 we are farewelling Hellenic Republic Brunswick and transforming our beloved space into ‘Crofter’ with our new partner @mrwilkinsons Matt and I have been peers and friends for almost 20 years. He is the unofficial Mayor of the North as far as I’m concerned and the venue could not be in better hands. Not just because of his food, which is the kind of food people want to eat, but because he is an absolute riot of a human – fun, energetic, brave but above all a beautiful person. Love him and can’t wait. @broadsheet_melb thanks for the wonderful write up. GC xxxx🧿#themaderevolution 🥁 #crofter #crofterbrunswick

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