Six hundred diners are set to enjoy lunch on George Street as part of Sydney’s Open for Lunch, a series of pop-up feasts across Sydney on December 3. Between Market and Park streets, George Street will be transformed into an open-air dining venue, with hundreds of guests served three-course meals by Chat Thai’s Palisa Anderson, Kitchen by Mike’s Mike McEnearney, Glass Brasserie’s Luke Mangan and Continental Deli’s Michael Nicolian.
The George Ellis Orchestra, featuring Josh Pyke, George Maple, Brendan Maclean and Liyah Knight, will perform, as will the Hot Potato Band. Drinks will be served from Airstream trailers.
To the west in Parramatta, 400 guests will enjoy a meal in Parramatta Square from local diners Ruse Bar & Brasserie, Maurice Terzini’s Cicciabella, and Lilymu. The ambassadors for the event are DJ, author and Broadsheet contributor Andrew Levins and Butter’s Julian Cincotta. Local artist Nardean will be on entertainment duties.
And the South Eveleigh precinct, near Redfern, will turn into an al fresco disco from 10am to 10pm, with Kylie Kwong (Lucky Kwong) curating the food menu, and drinks wizard Matt Whiley (Re–) creating cocktails.
Not far from George Street, the bars that make up the YCK Laneways hub (on York, Clarence and Kent streets) are getting on the action as well. PS40’s Takeover Tuesday will move to Friday lunchtime; The Barber Shop’s laneway will be transformed into a gin garden by soon-to-open distillery Hickson House for a long lunch; and 125 guests will enjoy an 11-dish Japanese-inspired lunch by Prince of York at Barrack Street. Plus, Sily will host a progressive lunch, with each of the three courses coming from a different Kent Street restaurant, and there’ll be live jazz at Sammy Junior and the Swinging Cat.
“After such a long period of lockdown, away from my community and daily collaborations, I really feel this event will be extremely healing and positive, offering an opportunity for all of us to reunite,” said Kylie Kwong in a statement. “There is no better way to reconnect with friends and loved ones than over delicious food and drink, and great music.”
The event is a collaboration between the NSW Government and Destination NSW.
Sydney’s Open for Lunch is on December 3 at various locations. Tickets on sale now, here.