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Applejack Hospitality – News Updates

As a business our priority has always been your experience and wellbeing at our restaurants, bars and cafes. Continue reading for our latest news and updates.




Friday 21st August 2020

Applejack Snaps Up Surry Hills Institution The Forresters Hotel

We are excited to announce that we are taking on the iconic Forresters Hotel in Surry Hills!

“We are pumped to be undertaking this new project. It is an iconic Sydney pub that has endured a mixed identity over the past few years. Our goal is to deliver a community-centric watering hole with an Applejack twist. In these uncertain times, we wanted to diversify our group with a more casual offering in a truly special Sydney suburb”, said Carroll and Watts.

Thank you for the write-up TheShout 🙌  We’re excited about this next adventure! More info to come soon, stay tuned!



Monday 17th August 2020

Applejack raises $22,500 for their staff as part of their Food Sales For Staff initiative

We’re proud to announce that we have raised a total of $22,500 as part of our Food Sales for Staff initiative across So_Cal Neutral BayThe Butler Potts Point, The Botanist Kirribilli and Bopp & Tone!

The initiative is all about raising ‘food tips’ for Applejack staff who have done it tough over the past few months.

On Friday 14th August, our CBD restaurant Bopp & Tone opened it’s doors with the seasonal banquet provided on-the-house (excluding all drink sales), allowing customers to choose what they wish to pay for their food orders. With many Applejack supporters through the doors as well as Bopp & Tone regulars,  the restaurant raised a total of $5908, bringing the total tips of the initiative to $22,500.

All the monetary contributions raised will be pooled and shared equally, going directly to all returning Applejack employees that lost their income and weren’t eligible for government benefits.

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our restaurants opening nights. We have loved having our wonderful staff back in venues and hosting our guests again. Make a booking below and join us for an Applejack experience we know you’ve missed.  


Friday 7th August, 2020

Applejack to Launch Hester’s Cafe on Wednesday 12th August

We’re very excited to introduce you to the newest member of the Applejack family, Hester’s! You’ll find her at 60 Carrington St, Wynyard – neighbouring Bopp & Tone.

Pick up your morning coffee made with a glorious Gabriel coffee roast, alongside the finest classic breakfasts… we don’t mess around. If you’d like to be a bit fancy, dine in during lunch with food from the Bopp & Tone kitchen. Whether you’re in for a short time or for the long haul, there’s nothing wrong with a cheeky vino available from midday… But if you’re on the straight and narrow, coffee, tea, sparkling sodas and the like are available all day.

It’s been a wild few months but we’re hoping that our new café, bar & events space will provide a nice escape when you want a little bit of jazz in the jungle.

Applejack co-founders, Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts say: “We wanted to create an intrinsically Sydney experience within a unique and distinctive setting. Bopp & Tone, June’s Shoppe and now Hester’s, are a nod to our grandparents, who symbolise and embody the iconic and nostalgic Sydney of the past, which is reflected in the food and interiors of each venue. Food influences come from our chef’s passion for Mediterranean food and philosophies that translate so well with Australian ingredients and the Aussie way of life.”

Swing by and say hello to Wynyard’s newest First Lady, Hester.


Monday 20th July, 2020

Applejack COVID-19 Update: Health & Hygiene

With the recent tightening of restrictions placed upon restaurant and cafes we would like to take this opportunity to reassure our customers that we are continuing to follow strict policies and procedures across all our venues and those that are open are officially registered on the NSW Government website as a COVID-19 safe business.

The three principles behind the Applejack Hospitality company strategy are categorised as follows:

• To keep our employees/company informed, compliant, safe and healthy whilst in the workplace;

• Ensure we have measures in place to limit the spread of the virus within our business models;

• Outline the actions the company has in place should there be a suspected or confirmed outbreak within the workplace;

Our Health & Hygiene Policy is available to view below.



Wednesday 15th July, 2020

Applejack Food Sales for Staff Update

We’re proud to announce that we’ve already raised $17,000 as part of our Food Sales for Staff initiative across So_Cal Neutral BayThe Butler Potts Point & The Botanist Kirribilli!

The initiative is all about raising ‘food tips’ for Applejack staff who have done it tough over the past few months. On the reopening night of each venue, food is provided on-the-house (excluding all drink sales), allowing customers to choose what they wish to pay for their food orders.

All monetary contributions will be pooled and shared equally, going directly to all returning Applejack employees that lost their income and weren’t eligible for government benefits.

The event will also pop up at the Bopp & Tone reopening on Friday 14th August! Reservations are now open !



Monday 6th July, 2020

Bopp & Tone reopens bookings as The Butler swings open their doors tonight!

As the sleepy CBD starts to awaken we have reopened reservations for our Sydney showpiece, Bopp & Tone, from lunchtime on Friday 14thof August. To celebrate, we’re thrilled to announce another Food Sales For Staff event, a line-up of three Soul Saturday’s in a row (15, 22 and 29 August), Chef’s Table dates for the rest of the year (don’t hesitate as they book up quick!) plus all your favourite weeklies are back including Happy Hour, Quick Smart Lunches and Bopp’s Deli Boxes.

The team have been working around the clock to get The Butler back up and running – and boy is she a beauty! Our Food Sales For Staff dinner is fully booked tonight, however, we’d love to see you over the next few weeks as Head Chef Amber Doig launches her new Ibero-American menu. Rekindle with friends over our Sunday Bottomless Lunches, or if you need a fresh spot to view those amazing sunsets, join us for $14 cocktails during Golden Hour.



Wednesday 17th June 2020 

Covid-19 Update: A Message From Our Applejack Co-Founders 

The Applejack team are ecstatic with the news that we will be able to open the doors to our restaurants very soon. The 12-week closure has been tough on the entire Hospitality industry, but no one has felt the pressure more than our incredible people, however in true hospitality spirit the team just can’t wait to get back to doing what we love most! 

We have been turning the wheels behind the scene to ensure our venues are COVID ready. The safety of our customers and our people is paramount. Hygiene stations, digital menus, additional cleaning, further training and new service models which will change how we interact.   

Hospitality will no doubt look a little different but we all play a pivotal part in reassembling the incredible industry to help get back to some kind of normal.  

Here are some tips on how you can help us! 


I think all Australians have done and incredible job through this pandemic. The sense of belonging and the sense of community has never been greater, the compassion showed by everyone has been heartfelt all over the world so as we slowly move towards normality let’s take the lessons with us and help build a better world. 

Hamish and I would like to thank everyone for your amazing support, this has been a difficult time but we have never been more excited for the future.  

 Thank you 

Ben & Hamish  


Friday 12th June, 2020

Applejack Co-Founder Ben Carroll joins Kochie’s Business Builders to discuss how to adapt your business during a crisis.

2020 has been a tough year for small business and Small Business First celebrates the small businesses battling through adversity, evolving and innovating along the way. Our Co-Founder Ben joined Kochie to discuss how Applejack have been adapting during Covdi-19. View the panel discussion below.


Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Applejack announces restaurant reopening dates plus a ‘choose what you pay’ initiative to help our staff

We are excited to share with you confirmed reopening dates for SoCal Neutral Bay, The Butler Potts Point and The Botanist Kirribilli! Thank you so much for your patience, we can’t wait to see you again soon.

From today, you can make a booking online or via phone. We have been following government updates and will adhere to all strict social distancing rules and guidelines to ensure customer and staff safety and wellbeing at all times. View our health, hygiene and CV-19 plan here >

SoCal Neutral Bay – Monday 22 June

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The Butler Potts Point – Monday 6 July

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The Botanist Kirribilli – Monday 13 July

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*Bopp & Tone and Endeavour Tap Rooms reopening dates are yet to be confirmed. Hopefully, it won’t be too far away!

To celebrate the revival of Applejack, we will begin the gradual reopening of our restaurants with a welcome twist – the first days of trade will pay tribute to our wonderful staff who have been beyond patient and understanding while our business has been in hibernation. All food will be provided on-the-house (excludes all drink sales), allowing customers to choose what they wish to pay for their food orders as a ‘tip’ for our staff who have done it tough over the past few months.

All monetary contributions for the group-wide ‘Food Sales For Staff’ initiative will be pooled and shared equally, going directly to all returning Applejack employees that lost their income and weren’t eligible for the government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme.

To find out more about the ‘Food Sales For Staff’ initiative or to make a booking, please click through below.


Tuesday 2nd June, 2020

Applejack supports #BlackOutTuesday

On Tuesday 2nd June 2020, Applejack posted a black square on all social media accounts with the hashtag #blackouttuesday.

It’s important that we share with you the reasons for us supporting the movement through our venue platforms as it’s a very significant message. The decision to post our support was not taken lightly. The topic has been spoken about at length within the our team and we decided that as a company we cannot stay silent for something that we strongly believe in. We do not tolerate racism, we support diversity, and we need to ensure we are creating an inclusive and educated environment through our business.

The black tile post was only a small step. We will withhold from posting our everyday content (eg Applejack promotional posts) for a week because we believe during this time, in particular, its important that BLM messages are the main focal point, without any distraction. We understand that this is an ongoing conversation, and we will continue to be actively anti-racist.

Knowledge is power, so we have and will spend countless hours researching and gaining relevant educational information that we’ll share on our platforms. By sharing we hope to contribute by educating and creating the change that is desperately needed.

We understand that this topic is sensitive for some, and we want to acknowledge and respect those people. Please take a moment to be kind to yourself and let’s continue to support one another ♡


Monday 25th May, 2020 

Covid-19 Update: June’s Shoppe to reopen in Wynyard on Tuesday 26th May 

We are excited to announce that June’s Shoppe café will reopen in Wynyard tomorrow, Tuesday 26th May 2020.  

This is the first Applejack venue to reopen and we have ensured that all strict social distancing and health protocols have been adhered to.  

June’s Shoppe will operate from 7am – 3pm Monday to Fridays ongoing, offering big smiles with breakfast and lunch to take away from the happy hole in the wall in Sydney’s mid-town precinct. 

Join us for your morning coffee and grab a hot or cold brekkie to start your day (naughty croissants also available, and we won’t judge!). From 11:30am a delightful lunch will be available including sandwiches, rolls, toppers, bowls and hot soup. Our baristas will be pouring our popular Gabriel coffee, which you can enjoy alongside a selection of premium teas, cold pressed juices, kombucha, coconut water and soft drinks.  

June’s Shoppe is located at 60 Carrington Street, just around the corner from the Wynyard bus depot and George Street, on the corner of Wynyard Street and Wynyard Lane.    

Breakfast served from 7am – 11am
Lunch served from 11:30am – 3pm  


Friday 22nd May, 2020 

Covid-19 Update: NSW Government announces 50-person dining rule from 1 June. 

The NSW State Government announced today that restaurants, cafes and pubs will be allowed to welcome up to 50 diners at a time from 1st June 2020.  

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the “big and critical” step for the state, but said very strict rules would be in place for venues: 

  • Venues will still have to allow at least four-square metres of space per person. 
  • Additionally, bookings of more than 10 people will be banned, and patrons won’t be allowed to stand. 

Applejack are thrilled with this step forward and are working hard to bring our reopening dates forward. The exact dates that we’ll reopen Applejack restaurants are yet to be finalised, but our first restaurant will reopen around mid-late June. 

We are preparing the venues to adhere to the strict social distancing guidelines and during the next few weeks as we prepare to reopen, we’ll be busy restocking our fridges with fresh produce, getting staff back in venues, ensuring tables are a safe distance apart, organising our reservation process and implementing a new contactless menu viewing and ordering system, which all takes time to roll out after a full close down. 

We’ll be staggering the reopening dates of our venues in order to stay financially stable and will release which venues will open on what dates as soon as it’s confirmed. 

We cannot wait to have our wonderful staff back in venues and hosting our guests again, stay tuned for more updates soon. 


Friday 15th May, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Applejack Hospitality Interview with Jane Jackson

On Friday 15th May, Applejack Co-Founders Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts went live on LinkedIn and Facebook for an interview with Jane Jackson Career Coach, sharing their experience over the past few months as hospitality business owners during Covid-19.

From the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced due to the global pandemic, forecasted long term impacts of the experience, the 10 person rule implications, staffing strategy, safety measures to consider when re-opening + more, view the interview below to find out Applejack Hospitality’s view and their current position.


Tuesday 12th May, 2020

Covid-19 Update: What’s Next for Applejack Hospitality?

The easing of restrictions for restaurants & cafes is an exciting first step, however, for our restaurants the realistic re-opening time is still a few weeks away.

The government’s stage one rules have strict social distancing requirements that we’re not able to accommodate just yet, but we are busy planning our return and hope to break bread with you again soon!

In the meantime, please keep your messages of support coming (we love them!), we’ll be sharing more at home recipes with you, and this Friday 15 May our co-founders Ben Carroll & Hamish Watts will be interviewed LIVE at 10am by Jane Jackson Career Coach answering all your q’s about challenges the hospitality industry are facing ~ Tune in!


Monday 23rd March, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Applejack Hospitality is temporarily closed.

Following the NSW Government’s announcement for all non-essential services to shut down due to COVID-19, we are temporarily closing our doors until further notice.

We have been doing the best we can over the past few weeks and we’d like to thank all of our incredible staff and loyal customers who have shown us nothing but support and love during this challenging time.

We’ll continue to bring you updates on our restaurant websites and social media accounts (see below). We’ll strive to re-open our venues in a few months once it’s safe to do so, and we’d love to see you again when we’re back up & running!

If you’d like to support us, please keep your bookings & event enquiries coming for the second half of the year – our team will be checking emails and social media pages throughout the temporary closure, and we’ll aim to respond as quick as we can.

Purchasing gift vouchers is another great way to ensure your favourite restaurant survives to the other side – if you’re purchasing a present for someone special, please consider our online store >

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

We look forward to seeing you on the other side and we promise to bring you the magical experiences we all love.

Stay safe Sydney!

Love the Applejack Family.