Making its home on Collingwood's bustling Smith Street, co-working space Worksmith is focused on what the area does best — food and bev. In fact, it's specifically designed for those working in the industry and is set up to empower talented Australians, allowing a creative space for their professional development in the hospitality scene.
Co-founded by hospo heavy hitter Michael Bascetta (Bar Liberty, Attica, Capitano) and his childhood friend Roscoe Power (a property development and construction specialist), the duo wanted to create a space that "encourages collaboration without limitation."
"We've seen [Growth Assembly] bring together amazing talent, nurture friendships and provide a platform to inspire, learn and support one another within the industry," says Bascetta. "Worksmith takes it one step further by putting those amazing values into practice, every day."
Launched in February this year, Worksmith supports its members by creating a community of collaborative spaces, industry events and member projects. In addition to 65 desks, as well as meeting rooms and a podcasting studio, Worksmith boasts an eleven-metre bar pumping out craft beers by partner Moon Dog and an event space that caters for up to 100 people. It'll soon open a fully-equipped commercial kitchen with a La Marzocco espresso machine.
Membership ranges from a 24-hour day pass ($40) to a 'resident' ($690 per month) — the latter of which includes a permanent desk, 24/7 access, unlimited internet, coffee by local partner Square One, Unico Zelo wine, brews from a beer vending machine, a locker, bike storage and invites to all social events.
Bascetta is also backed by other big wig founding members, including three-time Sommelier of the Year Banjo Harris Plane (The Wine Gallery, Attica, Bar Liberty) and Dave Kerr (The Beaufort), along with international pickup Luke Whearty (Operation Dagger, Singapore). And, in terms of members, the space has already attracted the likes of drink companies Four Pillars, Marionette and Archie Rose, plus start-ups such as posBoss, Dish app, Feastively, HoppApp, The Humble Dumpling and Eighteen Thousand Islands.
The team is also looking to expand — both within Melbourne, thanks to its popularity over the past six months, as well as interstate.
Find Worksmith at 450 Smith Street, Collingwood. To learn more, visit its website.