Back in 2019, The Grounds – known for its immersive multi-venue Alexandria hub (and its pig, Kevin Bacon) – announced it would open a new venue in the South Eveleigh precinct. Now, it’s confirmed an opening date of 2022.
The Grounds of South Eveleigh will riff on the history of the storied South Eveleigh precinct, the birthplace of Australia’s railway. Located in a former locomotive workshop not far from Redfern train station, the mega-venue will include a state-of-the-art roastery where patrons can enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and coffee workshops, and pick up beans to take home.
There’ll also be a breakfast and lunch menu inspired by the canteen that once served railway workers on the site. Back in 2019, The Grounds’ founder Ramzey Choker told Broadsheet the space would include a 200-seat cafe-restaurant.
“This space will be phenomenally beautiful,” Choker said. “Many people cling to the industrial history aesthetic of spaces like these, but we will use it as a springboard to build a stunning venue, full of iconic Grounds greenery and detailed design combined to make one of Australia’s most stunning venues.”
As well as the roastery and dining spaces, an opulent events room, The Eveleigh, will launch in the former workshop. Opening in early 2022, it’ll have soaring ceilings and industrial-style chandeliers, taking design cues from the glory days of Australia’s rail industry.
After years as an industrial hub, with plenty of office space and not a lot else, the South Eveleigh precinct (formerly known as Australian Technology Park) has been transformed in recent years, with some of the city’s best hospitality operators launching venues in the area. Kylie Kwong opened her first eatery post-Billy Kwong in a former workshop earlier this year, while renowned drinks master Matt Whiley (Scout) launched his waste-free bar Re– there in April.
The Grounds of South Eveleigh is slated to open in 2022.