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Restaurant renovations: June - August 2019

Project name: Restaurant Renovations

Location: The Pavilion (Domain) and Botanic Gardens Restaurant (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney)

Project timing: 3 June to mid-August 2019

Project owner: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust with Trippas White Group

Project Background 

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain are the ‘green lungs’ of the city offering visitors the opportunity to engage, enjoy, explore, learn and celebrate nature, science and history.

The Botanic Gardens Restaurant and The Pavilion Restaurant have catered to visitors of the Garden, hosted weddings and major events since the 1970s when the buildings, as we know them today, were constructed.

Four decades later, there have been changes to accessibility codes, environmentally sensitive standards and the way in which visitors experience venues.
 
In 2018, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust (Trust) identified the need to provide modern facilities and further preserve the heritage aspects of these buildings and restore them, so they can continue to serve as cultural and recreational venues in Sydney and be enjoyed by future generations to come.
 
Following a comprehensive tender process and approvals from the City of Sydney, Heritage Council of NSW and Trust, the restaurants will undergo renovations to enhance the dining experience of our visitors as well as offer modern facilities through necessary upgrades.    

​In 2018, Trippas White Group was awarded the winning tender which incorporated substantial investment in the premises as well as the ongoing provision of food & beverage services here at the Garden.  
 
Renovation works will commence on 3 June and take place over a 10 week period. During this time both facilities will be closed and will reopen once works are complete in mid-August.

Temporary food pop-ups and offerings 

Whilst renovations are underway a variety of pop-up style cafe and bar options will be available to visitors across the Garden and Domain from 3 June to mid-August 2019.

1) Garden Cucina

Garden Cucina will be a pop-up Italian kitchen located near the Pavilion Restaurant offering both café-style favourites and traditional Italian classics like pizza, pasta and paninis. Visitors can enjoy alfresco dining, with outside tables set out on the lawn, overlooking the Domain from 4 June to mid August 2019.

  • Location: The Domain, opposite the Art Gallery of NSW

  • Opening hours: Daily, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

  • More information here.

2) Calyx Café

A new French inspired menu has been designed for visitors to the Calyx Cafe starting 3 June 2019.

The Calyx offers a popular High Tea experience every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

3) Busby's Vietnamese Pop-up

An extended menu offering at Busby's Bar will include Vietnamese street food classics, banh mi, noodles and soups.

  • Location: Victoria Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - enter via Victoria Lodge Gate or Yurong Gate or from within the Garden.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10.00 am – 4.30 pm (June & July)  and 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (August)

  • Contact: 9241 2419

  • More information here.

​4) Piccolo Me

Piccolo Me’s menu offers traditional flavours in a modern style – coffees, baked treats, sandwiches, juices and more.

  • Location: Palace Gate off of Macquarie Street

  • Opening hours: Weekdays, 7.00 am – 4.00 pm and Saturday 7.00 am – 1.00 pm

  • Contact: 0452 235 680

  • Menu

  • More information here.

5) The Mini Bean is currently under repair following weather damage (posted: 24 June 2019)

  • Location: just outside of the Queen Elizabeth II Gates near Choo Choo Express

  • Opening hours: Daily from 9.00 am - 4.30 pm

  • Menu: espresso, coffee, tea and a selection of hot and cold drinks

  • More information here.

Project works

Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Renovations to the existing Botanic Garden Restaurant building includes new amenities, outdoor seating and interior works with new modern fixtures and facilities to enhance the dining experience.  

The exterior of the building will be rejuvenated with a design that is sensitive to the heritage landscape and incorporate new plantings and stonework that interpret the historic significance of the Garden.

Please note these works do not change the existing footprint, character or the intended use of the Botanic Gardens Restaurant and surrounding landscape.

Key features of the renovation summarised below:

  • Retention of the heritage façade and Tea Rooms from 1886.

  • New solar panels and a rainwater collection system.

  • New planter boxes around the building to showcase plants from our Living Collection.

  • Reconfiguration to the upper level entrance to provide wider stairs and ramp for better access.

  • ​Replacment of current dark mesh screens at the lower level with windows.

  • Remodelling of the southwest corner of the building to provide better access, new plantings and a timber deck designed around existing trees.

  • ​New amenities to the lower level including the addition of toilets.

  • Resurfacing of existing pathways.

  • ​Replacing the existing timber sliding doors with new windows around the veranda to create an open-air dining experience.

Artistic impression of the renovations to the Botanic Gardens Restaurant.

Operational Impacts 

Clearly marked signage and temporary fencing will be used around the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, however we encourage visitors to be alert in this area. Please note the following temporary changes and impacts below.

  • Closure timings: The Botanic Garden Restaurant and Café will be closed from 3 June to mid-August inclusive.  
  • Pathway closures: Temporary fencing will block pathways leading directly to the Botanic Garden Restaurant.
  • Choo Choo Express Train Route: Operations will remain the same, however the path will temporarily divert away from the Botanic Gardens RestaurantMore information here.
  • Vehicle movements: Deliveries to the Garden Shop and the Botanic Gardens Restaurant are limited to ute and buggies from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm as required Monday to Friday as per normal operations. All deliveries larger than a ute will be undertaken between 6.00 am to 10.00 am, Monday to Friday and will be escorted by staff. All deliveries will follow yellow and green directional line markings from the depot gate entry near the glasshouses.
  • Visitor Information Centre: The centre and amenities including public toilets will remain open through-out as per normal.
  • The Garden Shop: The shop and amenities including public toilets will remain open through-out as per normal. More information here.
  • Visitor information board: Normally located outside of the Botanic Garden Restaurant, the information board will be permanently be moved to a more accessible location nearby.
  • Noise Impacts: Standard construction times will take place between 6.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday to Friday. Saturday works from 7.00 am - 5.00 pm. There are no works scheduled on Sundays. 
  • Protection of Living collection: Transferring of plants will cause beds to look sparse in some areas until they can be replanted after works are complete in August.
Artistic impression of Botanic Gardens Restaurant interior

The Pavilion Restaurant

Renovations to the existing building will provide new amenities, outdoor seating and refurbish the restaurant. The interior will be updated with modern fixtures and facilities that enhance the dining experience.  

These renovation do not change the existing footprint, character or the intended use of the The Pavilion and surrounding landscape.

Key features of the renovation summarised below:

  • Retention of the circular building and a new steel framed awning structure with a solid roof.

  • ​Relocating the existing 'grab and go' offering to face Art Gallery Road. 

  • ​Relocating the main restaurant entrance to face the Domain.

  • New steel framed window and door joinery so that indoor and outdoor spaces can be combined.

  • Addition of new external amenities including toilets.

  • New planted screens around the services areas on the northern side of the building.

  • Replacement of hard paving surrounding the building.

  • New landscaping that incorporates timber and masonry bench seating around the garden edges of the outdoor eating area.

Artistic impression of The Pavilion Restaurant


Operational Impacts

Clearly marked signage and temporary fencing will be used around The Pavilion Restaurant and Kiosk, however we encourage visitors to be alert in this area. Please note the following temporary changes and impacts below.

  • Restaurant closures: The Pavilion Restaurant and Kiosk will be closed from 3 June to mid-August.  

  • Pathway closures: Temporary fencing will block pathways leading directly to The Pavilion Restaurant.

  • Domain sports fields: Operations will remain the sameMore information here.

  • Vehicle movements: There will be an increase of vehicle movements that will utilise the loading zone located outside The Pavilion Restaurant.

  • Protection of Living Collection: Transferring of plants will cause beds to look sparse in some areas until they can be replanted after works are complete in August.

Artistic impression of The Pavilion Restaurant interior

Further information

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact us on (02) 9231 8111 or email: feedback@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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