“Our lives have changed pretty drastically in the last year,” explains Andrew Levins, co-owner of The Dip, an American-diner food eatery at Goodgod Small Club. He and his wife and co-owner Bianca Khali have recently welcomed their son Archie into the world. And with that have made the tough decision to hang up their grease-stained aprons.
“Three years ago, you couldn’t get good American-diner food in Sydney,” says Levins, “especially barbeque.” It was the first food he remembers loving as a child, travelling in the US. It was that vision and love of food that encouraged him and Khali to start the CBD institution with exactly zero kitchen experience. “When bub was born, it was just me at The Dip, and the longer we kept going the less and less it became what we started here,” Levins tells us.
He doesn’t plan on going anywhere, though. He’ll remain in the Sydney scene, continuing his work DJing and working with rapping party people Halfway Crooks and arts organisation for emerging creators Heaps Decent. Levins, Khali and Goodgod owners, Jimmy Singline and Hana Shimada remain close friends and the foursome will continue to work together. The collaborations will simply focus on music rather than food.
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The duo has chosen to go out on a high in the hope that they have changed people’s perspectives on the often-questioned cuisine. During the final weeks at The Dip, Levins confirms the menu will go above and beyond. The team will bring back all of the specials and favourites that have passed through The Dip kitchen over the past three years. Perhaps most notably the watermelon and bacon burger: a combo of pickled watermelon, grilled bacon and mayo. What started out as a whacky special became a menu staple and it is this kind of memory that Levins hopes he has left Sydney with. “We just want to be remembered fondly, our legacy is good food and fun.”
The Dip’s last day of trade will be Saturday July 12.
55 Liverpool Street, Sydney
Wed to Fri 5–11pm