Melbourne City is launching a new $8.4 million dining initiative in partnership with the Victorian Government to help bolster the hospitality sector impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Diners who spend between $50 and $500 (including GST) will be eligible for a 20 per cent rebate on their food and drink bill. If there was ever a time to round up the girlies and splash out on a decadent feast at Chin Chin it’s now. The offer is a first-in-first-served basis until funds are exhausted. So don’t procrastinate.

The rebate will be available right across the municipality including Southbank, Chinatown, Lygon Street, Docklands, North Melbourne and Kensington.

Here’s a little run down on how the whole shebang works:

  1. You’ll pay for your meal in full and obtain an itemised receipt from the restaurant. Give this receipt to your most reliable friend, not the drunk and delightful girlie that has a propensity for losing everything she owns!
  2. You’ll then upload the receipt and bank details via the Melbourne Money website
  3. Your 20 per cent rebate will then be reimbursed to the nominated bank account within five business days.

Customers do have to purchase something to eat, with drinks only covered if you’re buying food. I don’t know if you can swindle the government by backing up $400 worth of margaritas with a single serving of tortillas and pico de gallo but it’s an idea I’m putting forward.

If I was in Melbourne I would simply spend a weeks paycheck treating my nearest and dearest to a hungover spread of Smith & Deli sambos. 

The new initiative kicks off on June 11th. Head here for more information.

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