Stories of Worksmith & friends in the media
We Can Work It Out
By giving people a chance to collaborate instead of compete, Worksmith wants to democratise the wisdom and expertise usually held by food and drink veterans. They’re only a year in, but founders Michael Bascetta and Roscoe Power are dreaming big to bring about real, positive change in Australia’s restaurants, cafes and bars.
Better bars: GPT taps coworking provider Worksmith for Melbourne Central
Local ingredients and a local cocktail? GPT will soon offer it at Byrdi, a new cocktail bar in its ELLA precinct on Melbourne's La Trobe Street….The link between Whearty, a finalist in last year's Tales of the CocktailInternational Bartender of the Year awards and GPT, came through Worksmith, a food-and-beverage industry-focused coworking space that develops new hospitality offerings and works with landlords to curate their space.
Thanks to the surge of freelancers, co-working spaces are on the up and up. Even for those whose chosen careers aren’t office-related at all, but rather within the food scene. Worksmith in Collingwood is out to prove that hospitality workers need room to work outside of the kitchen, it’s the country’s first co-working space designed by and for the hospitality industry.
The space has been co-founded by Michael Bascetta of Melbourne’s Capitano and Bar Liberty, who partnered with longtime friend property developer Roscoe Power on the project. Their concept is a non-traditional 65-seat workspace for the likes of those who work in distilleries, breweries, restaurants, bars, and the like. It’s a chance for support, connection, promotion and brainstorming within the food industry.
Making its home on Collingwood's bustling Smith Street, co-working space Worksmith is focused on what the area does best — food and bev. In fact, it's specifically designed for those working in the industry and is set up to empower talented Australians, allowing a creative space for their professional development in the hospitality scene.
Co-founded by hospo heavy hitter Michael Bascetta (Bar Liberty, Attica, Capitano) and his childhood friend Roscoe Power (a property development and construction specialist), the duo wanted to create a space that "encourages collaboration without limitation."
Hospitality is supposed to be a cutthroat, competitive industry, but try telling that to Michael Bascetta and Roscoe Power, the co-founders of Collingwood hospitality co-working space Worksmith.
The team behind a hospitality hub in Melbourne’s inner north says it is shaping up as such a success, a second in Melbourne and one in Sydney is on the cards.
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."
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.
The Next Trends in the Hospitality Industry (According to Five Experts)
We recently headed down to the launch of Melbourne hospo co-working space Worksmith to get a taste of the future.
Last month, Worksmith – a hospitality focused co-working space – opened its doors in Collingwood. We headed along to the launch and took the opportunity to quiz some of Australia’s most-respected hospitality pros on the industry’s next big trends.
partnering with worksmith
It started with an Instagram crush, one brand falling in love with another. Which is why we’re super excited to announce our partnership with the new hospitality co-working space Worksmith.
Based in Collingwood, Worksmith is a dedicated space for collaboration and innovation for those in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. Half of the space is set up for long-termers, with the other half for hot-deskers. An environment where opportunity is an arm length away, the space offers a strong network for those in the food & beverage industry.
Worksmith: a co-working space for Melbourne’s hospitality community
Worksmith, a unique co-working space aimed at Melbourne’s hospitality community, recently opened in Collingwood – filling a gap in the industry and providing a vital location for collaboration and entrepreneurialism.