While Coobs will remain his flagship, and The National plays on the smokehouse style of food, The Federal will be based on the diner concept.
“I live in Melville and love the restaurant buzz of 7th Street, so wanted my new place to fit into that,” explains James.
The Federal is going to be the place for fun-on-demand food, like ludicrously decadent hotdogs, pulled shortribs on brioche, slow-braised pork belly, and roasted farm-made straciatella. It’s unpretentious food, but always indulgent.
Drinks will suit the diner vibe, so expect both alcoholic and non-alcoholic tipple and quaffables, be they mixes, beers or wines.
All James’s restaurants rely on his farm, Brightside, for organically grown ingredients including vegetables, meats and cheeses.
The Federal is expected to open at the beginning of July, and have its liquor licence in place by the beginning of August.