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Find out what you can look forward to post-lockdown

We’re all a little bit over-talking about the same things during lockdown, and no doubt you’re sick of reading about it! So, to get you all excited, and to remind you that life does and will exist in a post-lockdown world, we’re sharing what's to look forward to in the not-so-distant future!

First things first; new venues to come to Newcastle! That’s right, businesses are moving full steam ahead with their plans to open which means we'll be welcoming a whole bunch of new restaurants, bars and breweries very soon!

Light Years Asian Diner

If you’re a dedicated follower of HUNTERhunter, you may have noticed us let slip a while back that the Noosa original venue had announced they were setting up shop right here in Newcastle. Whilst the official opening date has yet to be announced, we know they’ve been busy getting things ready behind closed doors!

Bar Mellow

You might also remember spotting this little goodie hitting the HUNTERhunter website a few months back. Brought to us by the incredible bar-loving duo behind Blue Kahunas, Prudence & Byron are continuing to push towards a Spring opening. Expect their signature fun, welcoming, and unique vibe at the core, but with a completely new and sophisticated offering.

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Modus Operandi

Seven years on, the beer favourites, Modus Operandi are well on their way to bringing their brand new brewery to Merewether! With sustainability being a key focus, the new venue aims to operate with 100% Green Energy. In addition, you can of course expect brewery-fresh beers, an innovative fresh fare, a mind-blowing kids playground, brewery tours, and a pretty impressive space; all just a short stroll from our beaches!

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The Islington-based foodie joint and all-around vegan favourite has had a facelift! Utilising lockdown to completely renovate, the team behind Pino’s will be launching with a completely different vibe. Think natural wine, Italian-inspired cocktails, and pasta (all still vegan of course)!

Gung Gung's

Only launching a few short weeks ago, the striking red visuals, mysterious black and whites, and chaotic streetscapes behind the branding is a little teaser for what’s to come. Whilst the Gung Gung’s team launched offering takeaway and delivery over lockdown, the crew have plans to open a dedicated restaurant; stay tuned!

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Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.

We saw these guys launch their East End Village space just a few weeks ago during Newcastle’s lockdown offering takeaway and delivery – but, that still means we’ve yet to truly experience the whole dine-in offering.

House of Lita

The much-loved homewares, fashion, and lifestyle store based over in Wickham has been busy working behind the scenes to bring a brand new space to life. Due to launch in October, we have no doubt that whatever the girls pull together will be pretty incredible!

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made by a.

For Cooks Hill residents, you may have noticed up a covered-up window frontage along Bull St. A little snooping and we’ve found out it’s a work in progress for the incredibly talented local jeweller, Amelia of made by a. According to the Instagram, it will be a studio and showroom – watch this space!

Yakitori Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Perhaps the most exciting news that's been revealed to us during lockdown is the soon-to-be-launched Yakitori Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. Whilst we're busting to reveal the location and all the details we've been sworn to secrecy, so stay tuned, all will be revealed soon…

8 at Trinity Development

You may have noticed this one hit the news last week, and my golly it’s got us excited! Lake Macquarie’s newest restaurant located over at Morisset, 8 at Trinity has launched a $720 million luxury hotel and residential plan. The development will include a function centre, multiple eateries, and a sprawling infinity pool.

Jordan Lucky X Playstate

We’ve seen this incredibly talented artist just boom over the last year or so, and with the news of Jordan opening a brand new space within the old nautilus building on Union St, we can’t see him slowing down! We don’t have much info on this collab other than a google business listing which states – ‘An ever-changing art space curated by Newcastle’s Jordan Lucky.’ 

Atmos [Shoal Bay]

Brought to us by the team behind Shoal Bay Country Club, Atmos is the area’s newest authentic Greek restaurant complete with traditional Greek architecture.

Market Comeback

We all miss roaming our favourite markets, especially over the warmer months. Nothing beats a sunny weekend stroll browsing for locally produced goods! Whether it’s Newcastle’s premier art & design market, the Olive Tree, or the growingly popular eco focussed offering at Homegrown Markets, or the iconic Newcastle City Farmers Markets (which has still been trading all through lockdown); we can’t wait to get back to exploring markets!

Festivals and Events

As always, there are always lots of fun events and festivals to look forward to in the future. But with the current climate, it’s hard to think we’ll ever be able to come together in the masses! But, never fear, our local event and festival scene will absolutely make a comeback, with events like the Seafood & Cider Festival, Bar & BBQ Festival, and Le Diner en Blanc are amongst some goods to look forward to!

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