After many delays, the light rail is finally open — and The Morrison is throwing a big, free party to celebrate.
December 16, 2019
Last month, when the NSW Government announced that the South East Light Rail would be up and running by the end of the year, many a Sydneysider scoffed in disbelief. The CBD's The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room was among the most cynical — owner Fraser Short was so sure that the eternal construction that's been happening outside his George Street venue would continue into the new year, that he promised to throw a party if it was completed on time.
And, in case you missed it, the long-awaited light rail route officially opened to the public this past weekend. So, keeping good on its promise, The Morrison is throwing a one big — and free — party on Tuesday, January 21. From 5pm, you'll be able to get a few drinks, snacks and, of course, the venue's famed oysters — all be on the house. You just have to RSVP here.
To summarise the saga that is the CBD and South East Light Rail project: it was first announced back in 2012, construction began in 2015 and, since then, it's faced legal stouches, cost blowouts (to almost $3 billion) and delays galore, due to everything from awry overhead wires and a discovery of thousands of Indigenous artefacts. Its prolonged construction has massively impacted businesses in the CBD, Surry Hills and Kensington — The Morrison is one of many businesses that have brought a class action against the State Government seeking compensation for loss of revenue.
If you're heading to the party, maybe you can jump on the light rail — it will take you straight to The Morrison's door.