A high-profile Melbourne restaurant owner has opened a new venue after it was delayed three times due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Owner of Chin Chin Chris Lucas says it has been “challenging” to open his new restaurant, Society, but he is eager to bring joy back into the city.

“We’re going to have an element of fun, bring some joy back into people’s lives,” he said.

The New York-style venue offers a reimagination of à la carte and the furniture has been crafted by Australia’s best artisans.

A new dessert offered by the restaurant was inspired by the architecture of 80 Collins Street.

Bookings are filling up quickly after its doors opened on Friday night.