We’re just months away from the completion of Darling Square – the new retail, dining and residential precinct coming to Haymarket, in the location of the old Sydney Entertainment Centre – and six new eateries have just been announced for the Makers Dozen all-day “food collective”.
The Makers Dozen establishments will be housed in the development’s main drawcard – the distinctive six-storey Exchange building, which is wrapped in wood and designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. So far there are 10 confirmed eateries, and it seems developer Lendlease is using past successes to guide its choice of venues.
Much-loved Cabramatta restaurant Bau Truong will bring its home-style Vietnamese food to the inner city with its second outlet, while sustainable seafood cafe Fish & Co will also open a second venue (the other is in Tramsheds).
Bubble tea shop and florist Bubble Nini will open its sophomore venue (the original is in Chippendale), and the crew behind Tapavino continues its expansion with Boque by Tapavino, which is inspired by La Boqueria market in Barcelona.
The newly-announced venues join four others already confirmed for Makers Dozen: Pasta Wafu (a Japanese pasta collab between Banksii and Ume’s Kerby Craig); Saga, which will sell Andy Bowdy’s fantastical desserts; bar and bottle shop Bucket Boys; and Japanese-Vietnamese fusion diner Mr Bao Buns.
Makers Dozen will accommodate seating for 350 people total (both inside and outside), and some retailers will have their own additional designated dining spaces.
It’s been a slow drip of announcements and openings for Darling Square, but when the development formally opens later this year it’ll be the final piece of the NSW Government’s $3.4 billion revitalisation of Darling Harbour. There'll be a mix of apartments, laneway “eat streets”, retail outlets, eateries, community spaces and office buildings.
As well as Steam Mill Lane and Makers Dozen, there’ll be another precinct called Little Hay Street, which will include a tattoo studio, a Japanese and Korean beauty store and men’s fashion retailer 15sheets.
Makers Dozen is slated to open in August.