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Hungry customers gather at opening of new Woden dining precinct

Lachlan Roberts 19 April 2019
Free hotdogs! Photos: George Tsotsos.

Free hotdogs! Photos: George Tsotsos.

Five of the six new restaurants in the new Woden dining precinct were unveiled on Thursday (18 April) with crowds of hungry customers keen to taste what the new Bradley Street precinct had to offer.

The $21 million development of Canberra’s new “eat street” at Westfield Woden opened, with Fenway Public House, The Bavarian, Sushi Musa, Espresso Warriors X Sugar RushDessert Bar and North East serving its first customers on Thursday morning.

All the restaurants are first-to-market concepts or new to the ACT, serving up everything from pub fare and craft beers, coffee and dessert bar, to modern Vietnamese dishes and fresh sushi delivered by south Canberra’s first sushi train.

Celebrations kicked off at 8 am with live music performed by popular local band The Faumuis. Queues started at The Bavarian’s first Canberra restaurant as customers waited to grab one of the free 500 hotdogs that were given away to mark the opening.

The festivities will continue over the weekend with performances planned from morning to night, along with a Chandon S bar serving complimentary sparkling wine.

Designed to be the new local for customers in the surrounding suburbs, the dining precinct has been brought to life with edgy artworks from some of Canberra’s best indigenous and street artists and completed with greenery and landscaping.

Street art has been commissioned from local artists, including Trevor Dickinson who has put up a temporary mural – which he’ll come back to complete in May.

The regional manager for Scentre Group Karen Skinner said she heard customers wanted an elevated dining experience in the south of Canberra and was excited to see it come to life over the past couple of months.

“We are really excited to see these great new restaurants open and Bradley Street to come to life for local customers,” Ms Skinner said. “I think the really exciting thing about this precinct is how many first to markets we have for the customers here in Canberra.

“We are seeing the first Bavarian open in Canberra, we are seeing North East Vietnamese and the first Fenway Public House, which will cover whatever dining experience they are looking for in the south of Canberra.

“Convenient parking leading into a great food offer, places to sit and have a cocktail, a small play area for kids and areas for live entertainment. We have really tried to think of everything our customers are going to want from us.”

In continued celebration for the precinct opening, Westfield Woden will host additional festivities across the entire centre next weekend with something for the whole family to enjoy including live music, a Wonder Park (Movie) zone, grazing tables, giveaways, offers and more.

For more information on Westfield Woden, including opening activity, customers can click here.

Bradley Street Dining Trading Hours

Sushu Musa
Thursday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday – Wednesday: 11:30 am – 9 pm
Open Good Friday and Anzac Day

Fenway Public House
7-Days a week: 7 am – 12 am
Closed Good Friday, Open Anzac Day

The Bavarian
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 12 am
Sunday: 11am – 11 pm
Open Good Friday and Anzac Day

Espresso Warriors X Sugar RushDessert Bar
7-Days a week: 8 am – 11 pm
Open Good Friday and Anzac Day

North East
7-Days a week: 11 am – 11 pm
Open Good Friday and Anzac Day

The sixth restaurant, Golden Child, is set to open mid-year.


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