The Trader House Restaurants - Melbourne

Restaurants in Andrew McConnell’s Trader House group are lauded as amongst Melbourne’s best. They range in cuisine and dining style – from an iconic all day eatery and bar, to a fine dining flagship in Fitzroy, and a lively public bar and bistro in one of Melbourne’s oldest pubs.

The evolution from a single site restaurant to a multi-faceted group of businesses is the result of a commitment to quality – not just in products and service, but also in the training and development of the people who run the venues.

Summary of our services:

  • management reporting structure & job descriptions
  • key staff management and supervisory training
  • recruitment system
  • performance appraisal system
  • induction & staff skills training system
  • staff development & succession planning system
  • wage control system
  • food cost control system
  • regular site visits, mentoring & coaching
  • management systems auditing
  • senior recruitment final interviewing
  • strategic advice

Supernormal - Melbourne, CBD

Andrew McConnell’s flagship.

Supernormal is located in Flinder’s Lane, Melbourne, several blocks down from it’s highly successful sister restaurant Cumulus Inc. Supernormal is an extremely high volume restaurant in the modern ‘canteen style’. Featuring a chic, industrial feel, here the focus is on the food, wine and service and the dining public have embraced it with relish. A feature of the restaurant is a long stretch of bar and kitchen seating where diners can graze on the Asian inspired dishes while watching the highly efficient bar and kitchen staff going about their busy routines. Downstairs, the restaurant features a spacious private dining room.

Cutler & Co. - Fitzroy, Victoria

Gourmet Traveler’s ‘Restaurant of the Year 2010’.
2 Hats — Age Good Food Guide, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Cutler & Co is situated at 55 – 57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy and is a fine example of a modern Australian fine dining restaurant. Jointly owned by chef Andrew McConnell, Frank Van Haandel and Roger Fowler , the restaurant features stunning contemporary food, spectacular wine list and a clever, stylish ambiance.

Cutler & Co made it’s presence felt in the market place after it’s opening in 2009 and rapidly attracted the who’s who of the world, together with the careful attention of the food press. The uber cool interior of the restaurant was designed by architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb, and features a large island bar, vintage room and a mixture of table and banquette seating. Diners can choose between a more formal setting on the main floor or the restaurant or the raised rear dining area.

Cutler & Co.

Cumulus Inc & Cumulus Up

Modern, cool eatery and upstairs wine bar! One Hat, Age Good Food Guide.

Cumulus Inc is situated at 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and Cumulus Up is upstairs. They are part of the Andrew McConnell group.

Arguably one of the busiest restaurants in Melbourne, Cumulus rapidly fills for breakfast in the mornings and remains seriously busy until close in the evening. Cumulus is a fine example of small restaurant (68 seats) doing an astonishing number of table turns during the course of each day. Diners have the choice of sitting at the bar, along the open kitchen or at one of the conventional tables and observe one of the most efficient teams of hospitality staff do their stuff with minimal fuss or signs of stress.



Cumulus features fantastic food, presented in a range of tasting and shared dishes, complimented by a hand picked wine list makes it one of our favourite places to eat. Other people obviously agree, because Cumulus is one of the best places to enjoy a spot of people watching while enjoying the best the industry has to offer.  Sit at the bar, have a snack, or come-in and do the full bit.

Cumulus Up is a wine bar/restaurant which is open in the evenings. Originally mooted as an overflow for the downstairs restaurant which always seems to have a queue, Cumulus Up rapidly established itself as a popular destination in its own right. It also doubles as a function facility at lunchtime, catering to smaller, more intimate functions. Larger functions are held in the Arc One gallery behind Cumulus Inc.

The Builders Arms Hotel - Fitzroy, Victoria

Resurrection of a Melbourne icon into a stunning Gastro Pub

Another triumph for Andrew McConnell.

The Builders Arms Hotel is a landmark public-house on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Built in a time of prosperity, it opened in 1853 and has been a meeting place of significance ever since. Fitzroy was an important commercial zone in the 1850s. Due to its rapidly-growing population 33 new liquor licenses were issued for public houses in the area that decade alone. Through the decade earlier, seven hotels catered for Fitzroy’s population of 600. The Builders Arms Hotel has long been a significant site for Melbourne’s Aboriginal community and is part of the Fitzroy Aboriginal heritage walking trail. A plaque on the pub’s façade reads:

“This hotel was an important Aboriginal social and political gathering place from the 1940s to the 1980s. The Builders Arms Hotel offered an alternative meeting space to the Gore Street church and earned national reputation as Black Pub of Melbourne. It was here the Aboriginal people mixed with the Fitzroy milieu and forged friendships with long-term residents and post-war immigrants that populated the suburb.” . . . The custodians of The Builders Arms Hotel today are Andrew McConnell, Josh Murphy and Anthony Hammond.  Respectful of its rich history and old bones, they have lovingly restored the pub with Projects of Imagination designer Dion Hall.