We’ve listed a lot of cafes in our three years covering the Sydney food scene (400 in fact), but not one has been more popular in the Broadsheet Directory than The Grounds of Alexandria. The sprawling inner-Sydney cafe and coffee roastery is searched for over and over again, even three years after opening in April 2012. The cafe’s profile alone has been viewed nearly 150,000 times on our website.

Toward the end of this year, or perhaps early in 2016, The Grounds will open in The Galeries in the CBD in the large space that once housed Mecca Cosmetica. Word is that it will take over an as-yet-unconfirmed neighbouring spot, too.

The design firm that designed The Grounds, The Incinerator Cafe in Willoughby and Archie Rose Distillery in Rosebery, Acme & Co, will work on the new site.

Ramsay Choker, creative head at The Grounds commented that the project is awaiting approval from the council DA for a second mezzanine level. Details of the new venue will be disclosed in the near future once it has been approved. However, he has mentioned that they are focusing on ‘the fifties’ in terms of their concept.

The current heritage factory location on the corner of Bourke Road in Alexandria has expanded quickly and now occupies nearly a whole acre of the suburb. Last year it opened The Potting Shed, a licensed garden bar with sharing-style eats, and in October the private event space for groups, The Lock In, was launched.

As well as its cafe, which draws lines all weekend, the location also includes a coffee research and education facility, an artisan bakery and a permaculture garden growing heirloom vegetables, fresh herbs, fruit and flowers, plus an animal farm to occupy little ones. Time will tell what The Grounds will do with its new space.