A 1920s Victorian building is the latest Parramatta location to be painted with the development brush. The vintage terrace has been transformed into a multifaceted precinct dubbed Wentworth Atelier. As the name suggests, it now houses a collection of upmarket artisans covering off fine food, drink, fashion and grooming.
Based on Wentworth Street, the building was constructed in 1924 but had fallen into disrepair. In 2010, Aykut Sayan took over the adjacent alleyway to launch Circa Espresso, complete with a French and Turkish-inspired menu that proved popular with locals. So popular, in fact, that the cafe grew into the building itself with the addition of terraced seating, kickstarting the rejuvenation of the entire location.
Circa Espresso has since been joined by custom suit boutique Tailor & Co., which owner John-Pierre Gorges relocated from Bella Vista. Dapper and Doll Style Parlour, from long-time Parramatta local George Makram, has also joined the fold as a premium hair salon catering to both men and women. Makram is also behind Uncle Kurt's, Parramatta's premier small bar which opened in 2016, and is a clear advocate for raising the status of Sydney's secondary CBD.
In addition to keeping you well fed, dressed and groomed, the mini hub is also planning to host workshops and events in the courtyard — proof that you don't need to venture in to the city to get a dose of upscale living and culture.
Find the Wentworth Atelier at 21 Wentworth Street, Parramatta.