About The Federal, Geelong cafe, bar and restaurant
In its prime The Federal Woollen Mills was a thriving and bustling workplace employing in the vicinity of 1000 people until the ever-changing forces of supply and demand, production costs and progress brought about its demise last century. Today, an enterprising family has helped revitalise and re-engergise the redeveloped factory site and turned part of its industrial interior into a unique and high-class Geelong restaurant, cafe and bar.
The Federal cafe, restaurant and bar is the project of Nathalie Moussi and her brothers, Carlo and Marc, who have taken their experience in restaurants, cafes and reception centres in metropolitan centres to create a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experience in one of Geelong’s most iconic and recognisable buildings.
Open seven days a week, The Federal offers a modern European-style menu to Geelong diners, a delightful and distinctive entertainment destination for nightlife lovers and a special location for friends to enjoy a coffee and catch-up. The Federal also offers online ordering of its speciality meals to diners who want to enjoy the restaurant’s culinary creations at home or even at the office.
The Moussi family has long ties to Geelong and district’s hospitality industry, setting up a string of cafes during the 1970s, including Kat Kat, the Lynette and Top of the Town. Having grown up in Geelong, Nathalie saw the Federal Woollen Mills as an opportunity going to waste and set about creating a fashionable and chic restaurant and bar with a modern-European style menu — The Federal.