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Calling hospitality businesses for Parra's new Heritage Precinct and Startup Hub

Western Sydney Café operators are being invited to express interest in becoming the alfresco food, coffee, and wine centrepiece of the Parramatta’s North Heritage Precinct, soon to be buzzing with entrepreneurs, local workers, tourists and locals.

Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the café-bar will cover around 200sqm of the former Hospital Boiler Room and Dining area (c1888), which is currently being sensitively restored and fitted following approval from City of Parramatta.

“This is an ideal opportunity for an innovative business to open a contemporary and stylish café-bar in North Parramatta’s stunning cultural and heritage landmark, right next to the Western Sydney Startup Hub which will give thousands of entrepreneurs space to innovate from mid-2022,” Mr Ayres said.

“We are looking for a business that can offer day-to-night service and a high standard of food, plus the ability to cater for a growing and eclectic clientele.

“The Precinct forms part of the Westmead Health and Innovation District (WHID) and it’s a short walk from the future Parramatta Light Rail, Parramatta Park and the River.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the restoration project and design are based on the vision developed with help from the community in 2018.

“On completion, the Parramatta North Heritage Precinct will include 13,000sqm of cultural, community, commercial, and social enterprise floor space, over five hectares of open space and a range of external and internal event spaces,” Mrs Pavey said.

“These unique spaces and cultural venues will present additional opportunities to the day-to-day trade for the successful café operator.”

“The works to the café have been approved by Heritage NSW, in accordance with the Heritage Act, and will be subject to best practice heritage conservation and adaptive re-use principles.”

“We cannot wait to hear from Western Sydney based operators with vision who will embrace being part of this incredible community space in the heart of Western Sydney,” Mrs Pavey said.

Hospitality businesses can express their interest by 24 January 2022, by visiting Lease opportunity to run a Café within Western Sydney within Parramatta North's Heritage Core eTendering.

Short-listed respondents will then be required to complete a request for proposal (RFP) in early February.

Parramatta North Heritage Centre Courtyard
Artist impression of Parramatta North Heritage Central Courtyard