Melbourne chef Daniel Dobra, who is of Croatian heritage, is opening the restaurant Brutale with fellow Croatian Rene de la Soya in the CBD's Corrs Lane. The site was formerly the nightclub Eurotrash, of which de la Soya was an owner. He still owns the business and when the pair met, they connected over their desire to create a casual eastern Euro restaurant. They are renovating the space and decided on the name as a variation on the word brutal - ''we added the 'e' to refine what people may perceive to be the roughness of eastern Europe; we're not just war-torn and crazy.'' They plan to open the 50-seater in late June.