First stage of Circular Quays new dining precinct opens [gallery]

02 September, 2016 by Danielle Bowling

Circular Quay’s landmark new dining precinct, Gateway Sydney, has revealed the first stage of its development, with a number of new foodservice businesses swinging open their doors to the surrounding 31,000 office workers.

Located on Alfred Street, the precinct developed by DEXUS Property Group, and the $80 million transformation includes the introduction of 25 new dining venues, and the reimagining of the Jessie Street Gardens.

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The ground level of Gateway Sydney will be open seven days a week from 7am until late, along Alfred Street.

Gateway Sydney’s frontage, which runs between Pitt Street and Loftus Street, opens up the street scape, with a range of retailers including Adriano Zumbo, Gelato Messina and Four Frogs Creperie.

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The businesses that launched on 1 September were:

  • Rolld
  • Urban Orchard
  • Mad Mex
  • The Gozleme Co.
  • Top Juice 
  • Hero Sushi Express
  • Bread & Fill
  • 4 Frogs
  • Zumbo
  • Messina

DEXUS executive general manager, retail and new fund development, Stewart Hutcheon said that by actively repositioning city retail precincts, DEXUS is able to deliver better experiences to a wider range of customers.

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“Through activating the retail at the base of our office towers, we are delivering an enhanced experience for our tenant customers, tourists, residents and visitors. As Australia’s cities grow and evolve, we are responding through leading design outcomes and a focus on offering amazing dining experiences,” he said.

The design of Gateway Sydney was led by Australian architects Woods Bagot, with the purpose to inject new life into the intersection between Sydney’s CBD and Circular Quay, which is set to benefit from the arrival of the Sydney light rail.

The unveiling of the precinct’s ground level marks the first stage of the roll-out, with both dine-in and take-away options available. Gateway Sydney also marks the first full concept Sydney CBD locations for Zumbo, Gelato Messina and Four Frogs Creperie, which will be joined by Rolld, Mad Mex, Oporto and Schnitz.

Stage one will be followed by the launch of two further dining floors from mid-September through to October. Next week, the following businesses will launch:

  • Bekya (Middle Eastern/Egyptian cuisine)
  • Workshop Espresso
  • Burger Project
  • Hero Sushi
  • Espresso Room 

They will be followed by Chat Thai and a new Japanese BBQ concept from David Loh, Tokyo Laundry. An expansive new Hurricanes Grill will feature on level two alongside one of Sydney’s best named laksa houses Jimmy’s Recipe, while a fusion of Italian, Turkish, and Argentinian cuisines will be found at Popina, a co-production from Salt Meats Cheese and North Bondi’s Shuk, which will open as a two-level restaurant and rooftop terrace.

The development of Gateway Sydney also includes the ongoing refurbishment of heritage venues Ship Inn and Paragon Hotel.

In total the precinct will deliver over 25 new venues to Circular Quay. 

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