Permanent: Cafe Paci is among the pop-up eateries putting down roots. Photo: Jennifer Soo
The permanent pop-up is gaining traction in Sydney, a spin-off movement that is both on trend and against it. The pop-up is supposed to be an experimental appetiser that leaves you wanting more, but a growing number of operators are putting down roots. Cafe Paci remained in Darlinghurst after its pop-up used-by date expired, and The Larder has been a continuing part of the package at Otto Ristorante in Woolloomooloo.
Now Rising Sun Workshop, the hummingly hip motorbike workshop cum ramen bar that impressed during its pop-up run this year, will reopen in permanent digs in Newtown early next year. Owner Nick Smith confirmed he's nabbed the former hardware site on the corner of King and Whateley streets. "It has been a hardware for 150 years, the building has these great handmade bricks. It is a larger space than we had [at the pop-up] so we'll be able to do more," Smith says. Ramen will still have a home on the menu, but Smith is already eyeing new dinner, lunch and breakfast menus. "We'll do a Bangkok egg with grilled rice cake and pork belly, and I'm also working on a Malaysian burrito."