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People of EQ

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

Megan

MUFFIN BREAK

Megan Hall got her first job at Muffin Break while she was still in high school. Her parents ended up buying the Penrith store she worked in and that spring-boarded her career trajectory through the ranks of Foodco into a senior training role. Read about Megan, muffins, and pink ruby chocolate in her profile.

Lucas

Brent Street Dance Academy

Lucas Newland, owner and manager of Brent St has had an amazing career as a dancer and choreography, and he has inspired and supported hundreds of young students onto their own successful careers. His passion is infectious and his dedication is admirable. And his dog is darn cute, too.

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 their 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.

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.

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 Slovakia, 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 Sydney

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.