Sydneys Chippendale welcomes social enterprise cantina

25 September, 2015 by
Danielle Bowling

The Two Wolves has opened in Sydney's Chippendale, with surplus funds destined for disadvantaged communities around the world.

A not-for-profit eatery and bar, The Two Wolves: Community Cantina is an initiative of The Cardoner Project, a social enterprise and youth volunteering hub that supports partner organisations around the world, helping excluded groups, predominantly within the Jesuit network.

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The planning, establishment and management of the venue is overseen by a team of industry leaders donating their expertise, including former Premier Nick Greiner as chairman, hotelier Fraser Short (Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room), caf entrepreneur Ben Sweeten (Rose Bay Diner, Kansas City Shuffle), Coco Republic Design School’s Paul Spon-Smith, interior designer/hotelier Michael Delaney and architect Michael Morgan of Nettleton Tribe.

Opening its doors in late September, The Two Wolves will send surplus funds to disadvantaged communities in places such as Thailand, Ecuador and Nepal, as well as here in Sydney. Situated in what was once the English, Scottish and Australasian Bank in the heart of Broadway’s University precinct, a team of uni student volunteers will work in the restaurant, and once established will train long-term unemployed Sydneysiders – regardless of their ages or faith.

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“Our story extends to The Two Wolves, which aims to be both a space to find community, and to share meaning. We want to stimulate creativity and deeper conversation about life,” founder Fr. David Braithwaite said. “The venue is colourful, quirky and warm, and has lots of heart.”

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