How Australia's first paper mill built 151 years ago has been reborn as a happening restaurant area that EVERYONE'S talking about - and it's nowhere near Sydney's harbour

New food destination in Sydney has transformed a surviving paper mill buildingThe area is on the banks of the George's River in Liverpool in Sydney's westThe Paper Mill Food boasts a unique destination with four restaurantsIn 1868, Australian Paper Company opened the country's first ever paper millThe building has since been restored and still boasts the saw-toothed roofThe 570-seat space still includes period features such as original brickworkThe Paper Mill Food is expected to elevate eating and event options in Liverpool

A new food destination in Sydney has transformed Australia's largest surviving paper mill into a stylist restaurant and community hub. The new destination on the George's River, in Liverpool, in Sydney's west has been reborn as the 'The Paper Mill Food' - which features four restaurants under the one roof that's attracted some of Sydney's best chefs. The hub is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee in the heritage-listed building.

The area revamped as 'The Paper Mill Food' has a rich history that begins with a convict ship's captain. Most of Liverpool was owned by an American whaling captain called Ebenezer Bunker, who arrived in 1791 and was granted 500 acres of land. In 1868, the Australian Paper Company opened the country's first ever paper mill, which produced 20 tonnes a week.

The mill was the largest employer in the Liverpool district with 122 men, women and children working on the 19-acre site. The mill was renamed the Liverpool Paper Mill seven years later and continued until 1905. It was then replaced by the Challenge Woollen Mill in 1910 and remained in operation until 1975, with one of the buildings still standing on Atkinson Street.

Now, the surviving early 20th century industrial building has become an open-plan dining venue and has stayed true to the signature saw-tooth roof. The refurbishment focuses on the eclectic saw-tooth feature, which hovers over four dining experiences offered from traditional stalls, an artisanal bakery and cafe, a rotisserie, wood-fire pizza kitchen, dessert carts and in-house brewery. The 570-seat space includes period features such as original brickwork while also incorporating contemporary updates. No detail is overlooked, with features including bespoke timber joinery, Carrara marble and custom cast iron sculpting resembling 19th-century ovens. An expansive hand-made mosaic tile floor is a highlight of the light-filled interior. Coronation Property has taken charge of the precinct renovations, which is part of a wider redevelopment of the area, including the construction of 882 apartments.

Managing Director of Coronation Property, Joe Nahas, said he hopes it becomes a place where 'people can meet up with friends or family for a meal, or just grab a coffee and a snack'. 'Ultimately we'd like to emulate the buzzing retail and food culture that areas such as Balmain, Newtown or Surry Hills provide'. The vibrant heart of an innovative residential community, The Paper Mill Food is expected to elevate eating and event options in Liverpool. It aims to reflect the cultural diversity of Sydney's vibrant west and offers something for everyone on every budget. Manager at Aria and Chiswick, Jason Chow, has jumped on as general manager of the 500-seat mega food venue. Mr Chow said: 'There is nothing in Western Sydney like The Paper Mill food.' 'We spent considerable time researching what we were going to put into this space, as we wanted to make sure it was what the community of Liverpool and greater Western Sydney have been wanting and deserve,' he said.

Since it opened on August 10, locals have flocked to the new premium destination, with many boasting about their new favourite spot. 'Love having The Paper Mill on the doorstep. #Westisbest,' Australian Modern Pentathlete Chloe Esposito posted on Instagram. 'I just got here and I love this place already,' Sydney dancer Jeremy Chau posted. Photographer Tanya Lee posted an image to Instagram, captioned: 'My home town is getting fancy!' 'This is The Paper Mill Food, I stopped I stopped by to get a coffee before shooting an apartment in this block. It's so beautiful! Have to come back to try the restaurants inside!' 'Liverpool you're upgrading,' another young woman posted to Instagram. The entire Paper Mill development provides world-class design, lush landscaping and a vibrant lifestyle on the waterfront.

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