Thursday 18 May 2023

The Rocks, restaurant

This heritage listed restaurant is located along George Street at The Rocks. It was built as a house and shop, designed by William Reynolds and built in 1838 in the Victorian Regency style. It was a butcher shop between 1869 and 1886 and then converted to an oyster saloon which operated with a wine bar from 1905. From 1922, the ground and first floor were tenanted by a number of manufacturing companies, customs agents and a newsagent. From 1943, the premises was used as an office and a workshop repairing musical instruments for a nearby retailer called "Harmony House" until 1965. The building was extensively renovated and opened as "Phillip's Foote" wine bar and restaurant in 1976.
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  1. Hi Jim, Great history in this picture. Thank you from your Vroom Vroom Team for sharing your links with us at SSPS. Please check back on Monday to see if your content has been featured.

  2. It would be a wine bar I like to frequent!

  3. It would be terrific if the Heritage people could attach the dates and names of all the businesses run in this shop since 1838. Even elderly people (like myself) who were around during earlier incarnations tend to forget businesses that closed :)

    1. I'd settle for having all the information in a concise website. The heritage database used to be brilliant but they haven't been updating the information in recent times.

  4. My father was a customs agent for many many years, the building he worked in was similar to this.

  5. The story shows how flexible buildings can be. What a wonderful house!

  6. That is so very cool and great history.

  7. How amazing, absolutely love all the information, that building really does have such a rich history! Sim x #SSPS


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