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Sydney's Muffaletta Master A1 Canteen Is Closing Its Doors Permanently

The Chippendale favourite will serve its last sandwich on Friday, October 9.
By Samantha Teague
September 10, 2020
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Sydney's Muffaletta Master A1 Canteen Is Closing Its Doors Permanently

The Chippendale favourite will serve its last sandwich on Friday, October 9.
By Samantha Teague
September 10, 2020
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Hospitality is one of many Australian industries hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a number of restaurants, bars and cafes closing their doors permanently over the past few months. Joining that, sadly, growing list is Chippendale's A1 Canteen.

Opening in mid-2018, A1 Canteen is the casual sister venue to neighbouring Kensington Street fine-diner Automata. It quickly grew a legion of fans — and Instagram followers — for its take on a New Orleans muffaletta (a layered sandwich packed with cured meats and cheeses) and curried eggs served with LP's sausage.

If the sound of those dishes is making your stomach rumble, you do still have time to visit. The canteen will remain open for just under a month, before shutting up shop for good on Friday, October 9.

Muffaletta

The impending closure was announced on Instagram by chef Clayton Wells, who oversees both A1 and Automata, who said that this year has been "challenging for everyone" in hospitality. Wells said the venue's lease was up for renewal, but the team was unable to justify extending it during "such a volatile climate for cafes and restaurants".

"The closure of A1 Canteen has been an extremely difficult decision to make, however we feel it will create space for new iterations and exciting projects when the climate is right," Wells said in the statement. "Part of running a restaurant is adapting to change, and we'll be using this time to really focus on our diners at Automata and new experiences to come."

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Hey Friends, Today we share the sad news that A1 Canteen will be closing on the 9th October 2020. It goes without saying that this year has been challenging for everyone in our industry. Due to our current lease being up for renewal and the ongoing impact from COVID-19, we as a business are simply unable to justify extending our lease in such a volatile climate for cafes and restaurants. A1 Canteen was conceived as a venue to serve the surrounding community and local businesses, and we wish to say thank you for your continued support over the past few years. Additionally, our staff, past and present, who have really made the place what it is, and we can’t thank them enough for their contribution. The closure of A1 Canteen has been an extremely difficult decision to make, however we feel it will create space for new iterations and exciting projects when the climate is right. Part of running a restaurant is adapting to change, and we’ll be using this time to really focus on our diners at Automata and new experiences to come.   Speaking of Automata, we are celebrating its 5th Birthday this week and it continues to thrive. Since reopening, we have been overwhelmed with support from regular and first-time diners at our tables. In the meantime, we hope to see you for a last chance muffuletta or curried eggs before we close our doors in October. Stay safe and look after each other. ✌️

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While A1 Canteen will close its doors in just a few weeks, Wells says Automata "continues to thrive" and will be celebrating its fifth birthday next week.

Find A1 Canteen at 10 Kensington Street, Chippendale until Friday, October 9.

Published on September 10, 2020 by Samantha Teague

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