When The Dip first opened at Goodgod Small Club in 2011, Sydney was fast approaching a fever pitch for unctuous American food. Headed up by couple Andrew and Bianca Levins, The Dip was a cocktail of cheap tinnies and pulsating rap music to some, and to others it was a “holy trio” of burgers, hot dogs and nachos.
“The whole American-food fad really tapped into that blokey ‘fuck vegetables’ sentiment,” says Andrew. “The Dip was never about that. Striking a balance between all those different flavours was always really important to me.”
When it closed in 2014, The Dip left a hole in the city for many. Andrew is hoping to plug that hole when it returns for one night only at Harry’s as part of Vivid, which will be combined with his club-night: Halfway Crooks.
Although the soundtrack has evolved slightly – Cardi B is the new queen of the club and R Kelly has (thankfully) slipped out of the charts – Levins insists the food will be the same. “It would be beside the point to do anything differently,” he says. “People remember it as an American diner so we’re bringing back the classics.”
Patrons will once again be able to tuck into the legendary “Lev Dawg” (a kosher-beef Frankfurt with chipotle mayo, tomato salsa and grilled yellow peppers) and the pulled-pork sandwich with barbeque beans and apple-and-cabbage slaw. Hot wings, the “Young Cheezy” beef burger, barbeque plates and grilled corn with lime mayo will all be available too. Plus lots of wine. “Not many people were doing pulled pork back then,” says Levins. “Now you can get it at fucking Subway.”
No resurrection of The Dip would be complete without the musical throb of hip-hop and “love-trap”, so it’s only fitting that Levins will swap his pans for the decks to play a DJ set alongside acts Joyride, Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Nes, Mowgli May, and Leon Smith.
The Dip Pop-Up will be at Harry’s this Sunday June 10 from 5pm until 3am. More information via Facebook.