People of EQ

Meet the people who work, play and study at the Entertainment Quarter and learn their stories.

Bec and Mads – Cambridge Markets

 

“The busiest time at the market on a Wednesday is between 12 and 2, and it’s basically everybody that works in the precinct and nearby. They all come from Fox and Sydney Swans and the SCG. They all come for lunch. There’s lots of mums and bubs,” says Mads, co-director of the markets. Read about how she and best friend Bec created their successful business in this month’s profile.

Mark and Val  – Rio Barra

 

What happens when Sydney Swans hero, Adam Goodes, asks for more chicken? Well, if you’re Mark and Val Rubic of Rio Barra, you pile it on his wrap, name it “The Goodesy” and go from a tiny stall at the market to a restaurant style store in EQ and an exponentially growing catering business. That, of course, is long story short. Read more in this month’s profile.

Arnaud – Black Star Pastry

 

When Arnaud Vodounou told his mother he wanted to quit school and become a pastry chef, she gave him a very firm “no”. So he got his school diploma, tossed it aside and spent the next six years studying pastry cooking in Paris. French born Arnaud now lives in Sydney and is Head Pastry Chef at Black Star Pastry. Read more of his fascinating restaurant journey in his People of EQ profile.

Nicholas – Brent Street

 

Nicholas Collins graduated from Brent Street academy in 2018 and barely had he stepped out into the real world before landing the role of A-Rab in Opera Australia’s upcoming production of West Side Story. It’s a huge career leap for the boy from Orange and the beginning of a dream come true. As Nicholas says “hard work always pays off”.

Ivana – The Bavarian

 

Hailing from Slovenia, Ivana found herself quickly adapting to the Australian way of life. Being a lover of beer over wine, it was only fitting that she found herself managing The Bavarian which will always hold a special place in her heart.

Hayden – Black Bear BBQ

 

When Hayden and his wife received a Weber BBQ for their engagement gift, it sat in the garage for 20 years. Who would have thought that shortly after that, they would build what is now a cult following for Low ‘n’ Slow BBQ with 2 venues and followers from all over the state.

 

Alex – Urban Winery

 

Alex Reteif got into the wine business by chance. His parents planted a small vineyard on their farm while he was studying Arts at Uni and he found the grapes more interesting. After switching degrees to Wine Making, Alex worked in vineyards in America, France and Spain before starting his own label, A.Reteif Wines in 2008. In 2015, he created Urban Winery Sydney, a boutique winery with bar and event space. Read his story.