Longer trading hours approval for Grind at Cronulla opens up wine bar option

Diversifying: Richard Calabro, with the Grind team, says approval to open later will allow him to use his liquor licence to operate a wine bar and provide more live music. Picture: John Veage

Diversifying: Richard Calabro, with the Grind team, says approval to open later will allow him to use his liquor licence to operate a wine bar and provide more live music. Picture: John Veage

Popular Cronulla cafe Grind has had mixed results after applying to trade for longer hours.

Sutherland Shire Council rejected its application to open its indoor seating area at 5am, instead of the present 6am.

However, the council approved an extension of night-time trading hours.

Grind will be open its indoor area up till midnight from Monday to Saturday, and up till 10pm on Sunday.

Outdoor seating is allowed from 7am to 10pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 7am to 9pm on Sunday.

The council placed strict noise conditions on the late trading, including only a single door to be open.

Submissions were received from two Gerrale Street apartment blocks, including a petition with 16 signatures.

Grind’s owner Richard Calabro said he would have liked to have opened at 5am to “provide customers with the service they want”.

“Tradesmen are setting off for work and there are a lot of other people about who are looking for coffee,” he said.

“Other cafes in the shire open at that time, and you have to question who has approval.

“You just want things to be fair.”

Mr Calabro said approval to open later would allow him to expand the use of the premises by pursuing other interests.

”I can use my liquor licence and open a wine bar and provide more live music and live arts,” he said.

Mr Calabro, a well-known musician, said Grind could cater for community-based events, such as giving HSC students a platform, and also accommodate private functions.

He said he was looking to introduce changes in the first quarter of next year.

Other Cronulla businesses are also seeking to open early.

Gerrale St Kitchen is awaiting a decision on its application to set up outdoor tables and chairs from 7am each day, an hour earlier than permitted at present. 

Bianchini's Espresso has applied for outdoor seating hours to start from 6.30am instead of 7am.

The business also sought approval for light vehicle deliveries from 6am and for an east-facing, bi-fold window to be opened from 6am to allow ventilation during preparations for opening.

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