Renowned Sydney establishment The Grounds of Alexandria, which has been teasing us with for years with hints of expanding, is finally opening a second location in the Galeries on George Street in late 2015/early 2016.
Although the primary instinct of most popular venues is to expand like a startled puffer fish, the Grounds of Alexandria have held off on doing so for years. Co-director Ramzey Choker told Good Food that The Grounds are foremost about creating memorable experiences, which explains why they've kept the focus on making the current location as magical and social media-friendly as it can be.
And it’s certainly worked. The Grounds have made their mark as a bonafide Wonka factory/fairy garden for Instagram-happy adults; a suburban grotto that spans an acre and includes a coffee research and education facility, artisan bakery, florist and permaculture garden complete with a petting zoo (want to pat a pony with your morning coffee? See you there). There are also plans to expand the original Grounds to include a cider room, meat shop, children’s cinema and wood chopping area to accommodate literally all of your old-timey nostalgic needs.
Choker said that the new venue isn’t aiming to mimic the Huntley Street gardens but to create a space and experience that is unique to the CBD location. Fingers crossed for another petting zoo.