Would you dine in a converted dunny?

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There’s a new trend sweeping through Sydney and it’s leaving diners more divided than a group of scrunchers and folders.

Decommissioned toilet blocks are set for a second life as a cafe or restaurant, serving up tasty treats in some of our fair city’s best locations.

“It’s pretty off-putting,” says Chelsea Agostino, a teacher who usually loves finding new cafes around the city. “Public toilets are smelly and disgusting. I’m not sure how many coats of paint would be needed before the corner previously given to a urinal is OK for coffee consumption.”

Sure, it’s a bit strange to do business in a place people used to, well, do their business, but many of these historic toilet blocks are situated in such prime locations that even clean freaks are forced to reconsider. Take the decommissioned loo at Hickson Road, Millers Point. Buyers are already scrambling to pay upwards of $2m for a two-bedder in the new Barrangaroo development so it makes sense that the City of Sydney is fielding offers to turn the historic toilet block into a cafe to cater to this cashed up crowd.

We’re a city hell-bent on turning historic sites into new and creative spaces. Luckily people tend to forget a building’s origins most of the time. In fact, many of our favourite eateries have a rather questionable history. Mary’s Bar in Newtown used to be an STI clinic and that doesn’t seem to stop us chowing down on their famous burger with a side of fried chicken every Tuesday night. Kitchen By Mike is housed in an old furniture warehouse and Fratelli Fresh at Bridge Street is along the old tank stream (literally a convict watering hole).

See? As long as the food is better than our chance of contracting hepatitis we’re generally a-ok.


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