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Find out what you've missed over lockdown

Now that restrictions have started lifting across Newcastle, we thought it would be about time to give you the lowdown on what has been happening behind closed doors and what we’ve got to look forward to in a post-lockdown world.

We’re giving you all the information on venues that are soon to launch, those of which already have, and venues that have been busy on renovations during lockdown!


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 have announced they are opening on the 29th of October. Expect their signature fun, welcoming, and unique vibe at the core, but with a completely new and sophisticated offering.
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Chiefly West
That's right, Chiefly East is heading west and is due to open their second space in the coming weeks!
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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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Created by the man behind Nor East Bistro over at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Harrison's is due to be opening in the heart of Hamilton on Tudor St before the end of the year. 
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High Swan Dive
The long-time Newcastle favourite plant store, High Swan Dive, have moved locations and are officially opening their new space on Maitland Rd in Islington on the 30th of October. 
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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.’
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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!
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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!
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One Penny Black Nights
This iconic cafe space in Hunter St Mall has recently been granted their liquor license and are in the planning stages of launching a brand-new offering: One Penny at night!
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QT Newcastle 
Newcastle's CBD is landing itself another five-star hotel with the QT Newcastle based in the old David Jones building due to open in April 2022.

Self Made Collab
We've been watching this one come to life with much anticipation. The soon to be launching space will feature world-class beauty services right in the heart of Newcastle on Hunter St. There will be hair, beauty, nails, make-up and retail services all accessible under the one roof. Working with the talented girls over at Something More Design, we have no doubt this space is going to be incredible. 
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Sunshine Shopp
Brought to us by the creative online vintage brand that is Sunshine Dreamer, the Sunshine Shopp is moving into the old House of Lita space on Greenway St in Wickham. Watch this space, they'll be opening soon!
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The Rogue Scholar Rooftop
Since opening late last year, Rogue Scholar has become a regular haunt amongst the Newcastle West hospitality scene with their live music and all-round good vibes bringing people in night after night. When we first sat down to chat with the owners, they mentioned their sneaky hidden door and plans to open up a rooftop seating space which now is all but days away…
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Vera Wine Shop
Hamilton is heating up with another new space due to open in the coming months. Vera Wine Shop is under construction with plans to be open in January, with their shelves stocked with a collection of local, natural, and of course delicious wine!
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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Elma's on Clyde
You might recognise this space as the old Clyde St Cafe, well the new owners have given the space a facelift and injected their own style into the venue. Drop on by to give it a try!
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Estie Store 
The Station has landed itself a new retail space that goes by the name, Estie. A new homewares, lifestyle, and children's retail space in the heart of Newcastle. 
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House of Lita X Dark Horse Wickham
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. Joining forces with Dark Horse Wickham, these two iconic Wickham- based venues have moved into a collaborative space to bring together a retail and coffee experience. 
More Info: House of Lita | Dark Horse Wickham

Kwas Studio
Lake Macquarie has been lucky to welcome this absolute gem of a space right on the shores of Warners Bay. Kwas Studio is a creative space filled with colour offering up a range of painting experiences and even a dedicated retail section.
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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!

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 has re-launched with a completely different vibe. Think natural wine, Italian-inspired cocktails, and pasta (all still vegan of course)!
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Sherwood Coffee
These guys have been making quite the impact across Newcastle's coffee scene, and lockdown didn't slow them down one bit! They've expanded their OG space on Parry St taking over the old Palm & Pine space next door, and have plans to open up not one, but two new venues before the end of the year. 
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The Bennett Hotel 
One of Hamilton's go-to pubs have been busy over lockdown to bring you a brand-new, Instagram-worthy gazebo outdoor area. Complete with their signature colour palette and neon pink signage; it's a vibe and half!
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