Mora's Balzac held the first restaurant licence

Georges Mora by Charles Blackman

The new licence allowed alcohol to be served with food. Formerly only hotels, registered clubs and wine saloons could legally serve alcohol, even with meals. Balzac restaurant held the first restaurant licence in Victoria, allowing alcohol to be served with meals until 10 p.m. Balzac, which operated between 1958 and 2001, was started by George and Mirka Mora who sold it in late 1970s to Leon Massoni. In the 60s, new licensed restaurants began to open in Melbourne.