North Sydney set to whet its appetite with new food precinct

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North Sydney’s food precinct is taking shape with the announcement of a new restaurant, café and grab-and-go at the $413 million development at 177 Pacific Highway currently being undertaken by CIMIC through Leighton Properties.

The Naked Duck Restaurant and Café, and Sushi Jones will occupy the retail space in the Garden Plaza of the landmark commercial tower. Designed as the centrepiece of the development, the Garden Plaza will feature an indoor, all-weather garden behind a 15-metre glass façade and provide a place for tenants, surrounding workers, students and residents to relax and enjoy a variety of culinary experiences.

The Naked Duck will bring its popular French-American fusion dining to North Sydney, with the opening of a licenced restaurant occupying 385 square metres and a café occupying 320 square metres at the development.

Owner of The Naked Duck, Amy Le said: “This is our fifth restaurant, and the first on the North Shore, outside Sydney’s CBD. The natural next step for us was to expand to North Sydney – the area is really coming into its own and the Garden Plaza will be an ideal draw card for The Naked Duck’s customers to meet and enjoy.”

Sushi Jones will occupy the remaining 70 square metres of retail space, providing fresh and healthy Japanese take-away and dine-in meals. The new food retailers will cater for many of the 39,000 workers and 10,000 residents expected in North Sydney by 2016.

Owned by Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust (Suntec REIT), 177 Pacific Highway is developed by Leighton Properties and designed by award-winning architecture firm Bates Smart. The 30-level landmark building will have the ability to cater for over 3,000 workers upon completion.

Leighton Properties National Head of Commercial Andrew Borger said the incorporation of retail and dining offerings into the North Sydney development was an essential part of the area’s renewal.

Mr Borger said: “Leighton Properties has built a strong reputation for creating innovative developments that transform and reinvigorate local communities with far-reaching economic and cultural benefits.

“177 Pacific Highway is an outstanding example of our vision, with the Garden Plaza providing a unique, public green space for the local community, workers and tenants to enjoy.”

CBRE Head of Retail Brokerage Leasing Australia, Leif Olson, who brokered the leases, said: “North Sydney needs more than just office space to thrive. Leighton Properties’ commitment to providing an outstanding public space will enhance the lifestyle of those working and living in North Sydney.”

Mr Olson said the new offerings would meld well with North Sydney’s existing dining stalwarts, including Drink Better Wine, The Tree House, Din Tai Fung, Bourke Street Bakery and Five Points Burgers; and provide North Sydney with strong food retail offerings for office workers and residents alike.