The Quayside precinct at the northern end of the Sydney CBD is running hot. Opposite the nearly completed Quay Quarter Tower (which will also have food and beverage outlets) the Museum of Sydney has an incoming food operator. A new venue will open in July, spilling out onto the museum’s forecourt.
It’s the latest from the owners of Hinchcliff House, a former wool store just off Bridge Street, which is adding venues in the precinct at the pace of a game of Monopoly, including Wool and Cochineal on different floors of Hinchcliff House; Sicilian-inspired bar apollonia in the foundation; and Mammon Bar in a rear laneway. This Way Canteen at MoS is next.
Hinchcliff House co-owner Scott Brown says they were drawn to the light and sun the MoS site attracted. “There’s nothing else like that on Bridge Street,” he says.
They receive a chunk of the forecourt as part of the lease and Brown hopes they can expand on that and more fully activate the area down the track.
Hinchcliff’s pastry maestro Jonny Pisanelli will take the food reins at This Way Canteen, where New York deli-style sandwiches and an exclusive range of This Way pastries will be rolled out. It’ll be licensed.
Brown and his crew haven’t finished their land grab, with rumors they are negotiating to open another venue in the precinct. “I can’t comment at this stage,” he says.