By Madison Behringer.
Restrictions are slowly being lifted across Sydney and the usually lively city of Pyrmont is slowly opening up again, one business at a time. From June 1, most venues will be able to welcome up to 50 patrons at a time, dependant on the size of their space. As restrictions are easing, areas around Pyrmont and Darling Harbour are seeing more people return to work each day alongside an increase in visitors to the area. We’ve created a list of things to do, see, eat and learn in Pyrmont now that we’re able to start getting out and about again.
Sydney Fish Market
The Sydney Fish Market has been Australia’s home of seafood since 1966 and features a huge range of seafood retailers from across Sydney. Located right on the harbour, the market is your one stop shop for all things seafood, including open air dining, bars and baked goods. With restrictions easing, some Sydney Fish Market retailers are opening their dining areas to the public again, while still offering home delivery and their usual takeaway market offerings.
Social Brew Café
Owned and run by Pyrmont locals Andrew and Carla, the Social Brew Café is a local landmark on the corner of Harris Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road. They offer a range of breakfast and lunch meals and are also on Uber Eats if you’re someone who still can’t venture out for a bite to eat. Featuring internationally inspired bites using seasonal local produce, the Social Brew Café is one to add to your list of eateries to visit as restrictions ease.
One of the oldest pubs in Sydney, the Terminus Hotel in the heart of Pyrmont has continued offering pub feeds via takeaway and home delivery during the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Their menu is packed with hearty pub food including burgers, schnitzel and weekend roasts. A favourite local for Pyrmont residents, Terminus is a classic Aussie pub rich in history, well worth a visit once restrictions ease on June 1.
Jack Bodice (Call Me Harris)
Located in the park on Pirrama Road in Pyrmont, local café Jack Bodice has, like many other small businesses in the area, had to adapt during the COVID-19 restrictions. City Hub spoke with owner operator John Di Giorgio about the changes he’s made to his business model and how Jack Bodice has flourished as a result.
“I changed the way I did things quite quickly down at Pyrmont in particular. I had success with what I changed it to because I’m fortunate enough to have a major walking path through that park there. The way I engaged things differently allowed me to sustain business,” said Di Giorgio.
When restrictions began, John completely changed his business model to accumulate more exposure for the café while providing the community with a perfect place to stop while walking or exercising in the park. Di Giorgio said, “I took the coffee machine outdoors and I set up an outdoor barbecue. I took to an outdoor food market type of set-up. I had the mentality of serving food like you would receive at a food truck where you order and don’t have to wait long for your meal.”
Di Giorgiowent on to say, “we had to step out and be a little bit more prevalent in the Pyrmont community and become more engaging to sustain business. A number of things worked well with the changes we made.”
Looking into the future, Di Giorgio says he will revert Jack Bodice back to its original style of operation quite slowly, pending feedback from customers.
“Now that restrictions are easing I’m actually reluctant to change Jack Bodice back to a classic café offering as we have done quite well since moving things out the front and being more visible.”
In addition to Jack Bodice, Di Giorgio has also created a home delivery service offering groceries, sweets and essentials right to your door. Brought By Jack is a contactless delivery service and offers fruit & veg, meat and grocery value packs.
Broadway Shopping Centre
With retail stores opening their doors again, a coffee and catchup with friends is probably well-overdue with a little retail therapy thrown in on the side. Broadway Shopping Centre, located right in the heart of Ultimo is currently offering free parking for shoppers during the COVID-19 period. Broadway houses brand names like Kmart, Harris Farm, Coles and Aldi and also features a wide range of retail and speciality stores.
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse Museum)
Many larger venues such as theatres and museums are still unable to open under current restrictions. The Powerhouse Museum, located close to Darling Harbour on Harris Street in Ultimo is one larger venue temporarily closed as a result of the lockdowns. You may not be able to wander through the museum itself just yet, but the Powerhouse Museum are offering online access to museum collections, exhibitions and activities you can do at home by yourself or with the kids.
You can explore their online content here: www.maas.museum/explore
Australian National Maritime Museum
Similar to the Powerhouse, the Maritime Museum in the heart of Pyrmont has closed its doors to the public since restrictions set in back in March. The museum will open again on June 22, but between now and then they have a huge range of content to explore on their website, including exhibitions, events and encounters.
You can access their content here: www.sea.museum
For now, we’re all being encouraged to continue working from home if we can. The thought of eventually having to head back into a cramped and dull office isn’t a very enticing one. Here Coworking are located right in the heart of Pyrmont overlooking Johnstons Bay, providing a state of the art open-plan office space available to hire and utilise for meetings, events, training and day-to-day operations. Here Coworking are looking forward into future, post COVID-19, saying: “Like most businesses, we at Here Coworking are having to assess our industry and the immense impact that COVID-19 will have for the future. Like most businesses, we face uncertainty around what the future might hold, however we believe that the brightest of futures will belong to businesses that start their evolution today.”
Here are providing a range of support options to their members who are currently working from home and not occupying the shared workspace with payment plans and freezing of members fees available. The company is encouraging its current and future members to continue embracing a sense of community, even while apart saying, “…our community will continue to interact as we help them continue to connect online while in self-isolation.”
Here Coworking have created a manifesto outlining their goals for shared workspaces in the coming months, (accessible on their website here: www.herecoworking.com) including their mission statement during this difficult time: “Our COVID-19 mission: to ensure our members can remain connected to their community, no matter the distance. To remove the feeling of isolation during isolation.”
For a lot of students across schools, universities and TAFE their 2020 learning has been significantly interrupted by facility closures and a shift to online learning. Here are some updates on how educational facilities in the Pyrmont area have responded and supported their students.
Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)
AFTRS is nestled in Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter and offers courses in screen, radio, film, writing and directing, among others. After a staff member at the school tested positive to COVID-19 back in March, the facility closed its doors and moved to online learning for all courses. With the assistance of the NSW Health Unit, no further related cases of the virus arose and students are able to access all course material online. Like many universities, AFTRS postponed their Autumn graduation ceremonies until Spring.
Australian Institute of Music (AIM)
The Australian Institute of Music is a private music school located in the heart of Surry Hills. Their Sydney campus is usually filled with the sound of students practicing and performing music but as of March the campus has been closed. In response to the COVID-19 lockdowns, AIM have moved all of their courses online, and are encouraging new applicants to continue to apply despite campus closures, ensuring students are able to access full support and resources via their online portal.
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
UTS is one of Sydney’s largest university campuses and is a public research university located in Ultimo. Most of UTS’ subjects have been moved online during this period, and the university is encouraging all students and staff to work and study from home if possible. The campus is still open however, and students and staff with valid ID are able to access most facilities. For subjects requiring laboratory or practical based study, UTS have kept their facilities open to students to limit disruptions on their studies.