Not-for-profit The Two Wolves Community Cantina is on the bottom floor of Jesuit House in Broadway. It’s a collaboration between Father David Braithwait and a group of hospitality leaders which includes cafe entrepreneur Ben Sweeten (Rose Bay Diner, Kansas City Shuffle) and hotelier Fraser Short (Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room). An extension of the student-volunteering hub The Cardoner Project – which helps communities in need around the globe – The Two Wolves restaurant employs young volunteers to serve food inspired by the people whom they have provided aid. The restaurant then sends its profits to disadvantaged communities in locations including Thailand, Nepal and at home in Sydney.
“We wanted the venue to feel authentic,” says Braithwait. “All the pictures on the walls are of our volunteers around the world. On the menu this week we have a Hanoi street dish from one of the Sisters we worked with at an orphanage. We also have one from a House Mother in Northern Thailand. Not all the dishes have a backstory, but there are enough to highlight some each week.” The licensed venue serves lunch and dinner five days a week, along with Single Origin Roasters coffee. Sweeten says he’d like to add breakfast down the track.
“It’s a very earthy and a beautiful way to eat,” says Sweeten of the daily, changing build-your-own-plate menu that currently includes the Pope’s favourite empanadas.
The space is colourful, with communal tables. The feel-good aspect is undeniable, and there are plans to provide training to the long-term unemployed. The name derived from the Jesuit seal of two wolves holding a cauldron. A reference to the generosity of Jesuit founders, who were said to have had so much to eat that they could afford to even feed the wolves.
The Two Wolves Community Cantina Bar and Restaurant
202 Broadway, Chippendale
Mon to Fri 11am–11pm
Sat-Sun for booked functions