Ever so slowly, life in Sydney is returning to normal as we come to grips with Covid-19. Soon, 50 patrons at a time will be allowed in restaurants and pubs, regional holidays will be back on the cards, and now, Black Star Pastry is reopening. From next Friday May 29, the hugely popular bakery’s Newtown and Rosebery venues will be back in business, serving croissants, coffee and that watermelon cake on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fans of the bakery’s strawberry-watermelon cake who hate lining up to get their fix will be glad to know that the bakery has brought back its online ordering system for this one product, following a trial run in the lead-up to Mother’s Day (for which a whopping 1200 orders were placed – around 10,000 portions of cake). Even on a regular, pre-Covid day, the bakery would sell more than 6000 portions across its five stores.

Pre-order for between four ($36) and 45 ($330) serves, and pick up on Fridays or Saturdays. A small number of the layered treats will be available for walk-ins as well. A wider range of cakes will be available in the coming months, and their other locations will also open pending government announcements.

Black Star announced on March 24 that it would close all of its locations in Sydney and Melbourne until further notice, as coronavirus lockdowns began.

Black Star Newtown and Rosebery will be open from 8am to 4pm on Fridays and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.