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DOWN ON THE CORNER: Charlestown Square to open new food and entertainment precinct

Great news Lake Mac foodies!

Some of the best independent food producers in Newcastle are about to set up shop at Charlestown Square.

That’s right, the square’s new food and entertainment precinct, dubbed the corner is set to satiate the appetites of hungry shoppers with a dizzying array of flavours.

Offering an all-day casual dining feel, the Corner will boast a sunny social atmosphere and a raft of local artists and musicians who are shaping the creative and cultural landscape of our city.

So here’s a little bit of a rundown on what you can expect from this exciting venture.

When The Corner officially opens on Thursday 5 December, it will showcase contemporary Asian eatery Bao Brothers, Newcastle burgers-and-chicken anarchists Rascal debuting their second venue, Italian gelato experts Popolo Artisan Gelato opening their first Popolo Dessert Bar, new artisanal cafe Hunter Espresso and 4 Pines Brewing Company pouring a rotating list of craft beers.

Bao Brothers

Lee’s Yum Cha, with the first traditional Chinese trolley service in the Hunter, will also be opening in February. 

“Our vision for The Corner is of a day-to-night hub with great local food, music and art. Most of the foodies and brands we’re working with are independent ventures with Newcastle roots,” Corner precinct manager Mardi Ashkine said.

The Corner’s launch will kick off with four days of live music and entertainment, from Thursday 5 December to Sunday 8 December, as an intro to an ongoing cultural program. There’ll also be opening weekend pop ups: Streets of Napoli woodfired pizza by Napoli Centrale Pizza Bar and Doughheads doughnuts.


During The Corner’s first months, artists who’ll be creating and exhibiting in the precinct include Ellie Hannon, Bradley Eastman, Lucas Grogan and Brett Piva. 

The musical roster, meanwhile will feature New Orleans-style jazz from the Rehab Brass Band; live funk on Fridays from a five-piece band led by musical director Jacob Neale; and old-school funk, soul and reggae played from original vinyl 45 singles by resident DJs Dan Phelan and DJ Tone.

On Saturdays, Tim Rossington’s atmospheric percussion, guitar loops and vocals evoke chilled-out coastal vibes; and, with his Sunday blues, guitar virtuoso Adam Miller will play sad music to make you feel good.

The Corner will be located at the intersection of Pearson and Ridley Street in Charlestown and will open on Thursday 5 December.

Written by Newcastle Live

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