Community wants more food, beverage and entertainment options

Between 28 June and 25 July 2019, we surveyed 1,100 people to find out their preferences for the future use of the restaurant space in Glen Street Theatre.

Survey participants stated that more food, beverage, and entertainment options would attract more people to the Glen Street Theatre area. The results revealed that more festivals and events, as well as small bars and new restaurants would enhance the area as a cultural hub.

Eighty one percent of respondents agreed that ‘a flexible space offering live performances and food and beverages’ would suit the former restaurant space.

Council has now engaged an experienced arts/food and beverage consultant to investigate these ideas and outline options in a Feasibility Report. The report will provide guidance on the best way to progress, taking into consideration the community’s ideas and best practise from other theatre venues of a similar size. The Feasibility Report will provide insight and vision for an exciting future for the former restaurant space and wider cultural hub.

The Feasibility Report is scheduled to be presented to Council early 2020.

Background

We're seeking the community’s views on potential future uses of the former Sorlies Restaurant within Glen Street Theatre, Belrose.

At a meeting on 18 December 2018 Council resolved to:

  • undertake a feasibility study and business case for the operation of a performance/entertainment space, with a food and beverage offering, in the former restaurant space at Glen Street Theatre.
  • endorse the use of the former restaurant site at Glen Street Theatre as a pop-up performance and hire space during the development of the feasibility study and business case.
  • undertake community consultation prior to commencement of any feasibility study.

Glen Street Theatre, along with the Glen Street Library and surrounding open space make up the Glen Street ‘Cultural Hub’ - an important and vibrant community space for both residents in the Northern Beaches and surrounds.

In our commitment to invigorate this Glen Street precinct, we would like your thoughts on how we might reinvent both the Cultural Hub and specifically the former restaurant space in our Glen Street Theatre.