It’s been a long time since locals have enjoyed a Big Mac in North Sydney.
When Australia’s most popular fast-food chain opened at 51 Mount St in January 1986, Bob Hawke was Prime Minister, INXS stormed the charts, and Aussies everywhere were glued to Crocodile Dundee on the big screen.
McDonalds opened in North Sydney in 1986, and will return – after a lengthy absence – to the new Victoria Cross precinct in 2024.
Located in a heritage bank building, the restaurant operated for over a decade on the corner of the Pacific Highway. Eventually, it fell victim to the changing face of North Sydney in the late 1990s.
“With no drive-thru service and the death of nightclubs like Metropolis, Sheila’s and Blueberries, it meant there was no trade after about 5 pm,” resident and keen foodie Peter Hardy told Mosman Collective this week, “and when the after-school rush was over each weekday, the cash registers fell silent.”
The first line up of hospitality venues at the new Victoria Cross station was announced this week.
But all of that is about to change, thanks to the arrival of Sydney’s long-awaited Metro in 2024.
In North Sydney, the new Victoria Cross precinct has announced its first line-up of hospitality venues, which will include a Golden Arches outlet at the Miller St hub.
Also slated are cultish Marrickville Pork Roll, Crows Nest’s Only Coffee Project, award-winning Top Impression bakery, Sushi Hub, DOPA, North Sandwiches, Machi Machi – and the first Mary’s burger joint north of the bridge.
The $1.2 billion development will see 20 food and beverage outlets open in 2024 and 2025.
The news comes amid a North Sydney food renaissance, thanks to first rate venues like Poetica, Loulou Bistro, Rafi and Glorietta opening over the past two years.
We’re told 20 food and drink operators will launch at the $1.2 billion development, 13 of them opening next year, with seven remaining retailers set to open in 2025.