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Worksmith occupies the ground floor of a building on Smith Street in Collingwood. Half the space is dedicated to long-term co-workers, who have permanent desks set up. The other is intended for “hot-deskers” – short-term users of the space who might just be passing through town or who need somewhere to work for the day.
An 11-metre brass and hardwood island bench sits in-between those halves and serves as the focal point of the room. There are also meeting rooms out the back, and a test kitchen is due for completion in May.
If you’re in the local food and beverage biz and looking for a shared office in Melbourne, you couldn’t have picked a better time. This month, Worksmith, a co-working space for the hospitality industry, will be launching in Collingwood and is open to new members.
Worksmith promises to be “a co-working space with a twist”. According to co-founder, and Bar Liberty owner Michael Bascetta, the Smith Street venue aims to empower its occupants “through community, industry events, collaborative spaces” and will “encourage projects between its members”.
A new kind of coworking space
We talk to Michael Bascetta of Worksmith, a new food and beverage co-working space opening in mid February in Collingwood. Like other co-working spaces, Worksmith provides desk space, the opportunity to network with like-minded businesses and access to business advice.
Where Worksmith differs is access to a full commercial kitchen and assistance from the Worksmith crew specific to the food and beverage industry. To sweeten the deal, its memberships come complete with coffee by Proud Mary.
Michael says, "Worksmith’s mission is to empower people in the food and beverage industry so that they can understand how to achieve longevity in business."
"I was inspired to start it after seeing the lack of help being given to young people in hospitality that want to start a career and are unsure where to begin. I want to help existing businesses grow and give start ups the tools necessary for success. "
Yarra's thriving food and beverage scene made it a natural location for the first venture of its kind in Melbourne. Michael cites local businesses Collingwood Coffee College, The Good Copy and Black Pearl as just some of his local inspirations.
A sense of community also contributed to the decision to pick Yarra as the location for Worksmith. Michael is also the owner of Bar Liberty, and he says, "As soon as I opened Bar Liberty I felt part of a larger community within hospitality. Walking through Fitzroy and Collingwood I now feel like I am at home."
Worksmith opens in Mid February. Visit their website for more.
Australian Bartender Magazine
Billed as a “dedicated space for collaboration and getting innovative work done,” Worksmith is set to open in the creative Melbourne hub of Collingwood in February 2018.
Worksmith will be Australia’s first co-working space dedicated to the hospitality industry, with the idea being to provide a space where creative industry types can try out new ideas, work on projects, and bounce ideas off one another. To that end they’ve got spaces for hosting events, a fully equipped commercial kitchen and bar, meeting spaces, lockers and all the internet you can use to get your revolutionary unicorn tears amaro underway and into development...
Worksmith opened its doors two weeks ago at 450 Smith Street, in the eclectic and culturally rich suburb of Collingwood.
The venue serves as a shared space dedicated to testing new ideas, working on projects, and collaborating with others to strengthen the hospitality industry and foster a sense of community amongst its members.
It comes complete with a commercial kitchen, in-house bar, lounge, event space and photography room, and is the perfect environment for distributors, restaurant owners, point of sale operators, hospitality marketers and even graphic designers.
Worksmith co-founder, Michael Bascetta, explained that the idea was inspired by his desire to create a tight-knit community around the demanding and, at times, isolating world of hospitality.