By Sacha Delfosse – editor bars&clubs

A new Italian-themed bar and eatery called Rocafelas is opening its doors in Kings Cross, in spite of the continuing regulatory challenges facing the area.

Rocafelas is owned by Nate Johnson and Rocco Tozzi, who said they have decided to buck the trend of venues closing in the area and open a space where “good food, drinks and atmosphere go hand-in-hand”.

“There’s been a lot of bad press lately about the area, when realistically we’re in a suburb with a huge local community and we have tried to create a space where the locals can drop in for a drink, great food and conversation with some amazing tunes playing in the background,” said Johnson. 

“We have an all weather outdoor area featuring a mural by local artist Alex Le Hours. The venue features little nooks to hide away in and functional fireplaces for cooler weather creating the perfect neighbourhood sanctuary. Our aim is to have a space where you drop in for a bite, and stay for a drink because your neighbour walked in.” [continues below]

Chef Jess Playford, who previously worked at Sydney’s The Victoria Room and Anchor Bar, has created a menu filled with Italian street snacks, pizzas, pastas, burgers and sausage sandwiches.

Drinks wise, there will be longnecks sold in brown paper bags, a small but solid collection of classic cocktails and a good selection of aperitifs and amaros, while wine drinkers have a strong range of local and imported wines to choose from.

The Shout Team

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