New Farm locals may have clocked some changes at the old Bitter Suite space on Welsby Street. First of all, it’s not called Bitter Suite anymore – the corner haunt is going by Common Vice these days, an Asian-inspired gastropub now owned by mates Natalie Marcelis, William Suess and Asa Simard. The trio took on the site earlier this year with the goal of restoring the venue back to its former glory, honouring its history and reestablishing it as a cherished gathering point for the community. The team has been rejuvenating the space via a tireless DIY renovation effort, which has seen the walls repainted and the furniture and lighting upgraded, while the brick building’s unique character remains intact. Folks can swing through to get a taste of executive chef Natalie’s menu, which showcases Asian flavours imbued with modern twists. We’re talking Korean-style baked camembert, five spice fried chicken wings, braised beef cheeks, tiger prawns glazed with house turmeric-spiced butter, Szechuan calamari and yuzu cheesecakes. Common Vice’s bar boasts six taps pouring a number of rotating Australian beers, a wine list is stocked with Australian and European varieties, and the cocktail list showcases Asian-influenced concoctions – expect to see plenty of sake, Japanese whiskey and lemongrass in the mix. Common Vice’s kitchen is now operating from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and then from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. We’ll be popping in for a proper peek soon.