A popular fast-food chain has lodged plans to open a 24-hour restaurant where residents can enjoy a taste of Mexico in the heart of Mosman village.
If approved, Guzman y Gomez – also known as GYG – will serve tacos, burritos and nachos from 890 Military Rd in 2024, making it their first franchise in NSW to trade around the clock, seven days a week.
If approved, the restaurant will be located in the old St George bank building at 890 Military Rd.
The development application also seeks a liquor license to sell alcohol on the premises.
Plans submitted to Council show the split-level premises have a single storey fronting onto Military Road, with the lower rear level to accommodate a loading bay, storage, staff amenities and a freight elevator.
The main floor will provide a shop front/dining area of 220 sqm, with a staff of 12 preparing and serving meals for take away customers.
There will also be seating for 18 people.
GYG is famous for its Mexican food and has 205 locations across Australia and overseas.
Internal alterations and additions to the $506,638 project include a food delivery counter, kitchen with cook line, café station, and French-fries station.
A report prepared by SLR Consulting says the site, located across the road from Mosman High School, will feature GYG’s distinctive yellow branding in “a darker conservative tone”.
“The development is considered to have minimal impact on the heritage significance of the surrounding Military Road Heritage Conservation Area due to the minor nature of work proposed and the toning down of the buildings colour scheme,” a Statement of Environmental Effects says.
“The alterations and additions have been designed to respect the existing aesthetic established along Military Road and the broader Mosman commercial area.”
The D.A also seeks a liquor license to sell alcohol on the premises.
The proposal includes three staff parking positions at the rear of the building, with local customers able to use the Raglan St East car park.
GYG sold more than 39 million burritos and bowls last year, and according to its website, a burrito is rolled every two seconds across its stores on average, while more than 700,000 people eat at a GYG restaurant every week.
Architect plans lodged with Mosman Council show yellow signage and timber tones on the Military Rd exterior.
The Mexican food chain now has 205 restaurants, including 171 in Australia, after opening 22 new local and five overseas locations in the past twelve months.
A Plan of Management submitted to the Council shows the open-all-hours restaurant – if approved – will see all staff trained in security measures.
“Training will ensure that in the event of a robbery, theft or anti-social behaviour, staff act in a manner to best protect customers, fellow staff members and themselves,” the document says.
“Employees will be encouraged to report any suspicious activity or persons in and around the area to the Management and / or Local Police.”
The rear of the building will have parking for three cars.