RETRO VIBE Lauren Skrzypnik and her partner Pietro opened Culture Club on King in Newcastle in January. “Our focus was creating a bright and vibrant oasis in the city where people could pop in for a welcome escape from the construction site that is currently the Newcastle CBD,” Lauren says. “Culture Club the name came about when we were discussing how we wanted to have a strong ’80s aesthetic and pop culture feel. Obviously in that discussion the name came up almost as a joke but it stuck. At the moment we’re just going with the flow and trying to design our menu on what people are looking for.”
OPEN EARLY Cooks Hill’s Commonwealth Hotel will be open from 5am until 11am on ANZAC Day (April 25), serving coffee from 5am and breakfast from 6am, dine-in or take away. Pre-orders are available for takeaway coffee.
GOOD CAUSE Friends With Dignity will be hosting High Tea With Friends at Noah’s on the Beach, Newcastle East, from noon to 3pm. A fundraiser for a worthy cause during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. Book at newcastletickets.com.au
HOLIDAY DEAL Kids eat free at Honeysuckle’s The Squires Maiden from April 15 to 29 when a main meal is purchased.
WINE DINNER The Royal Crown Hotel at Dudley is hosting a Brokenwood Wine Dinner on May 16. Tickets are $70 and include four wine-matched courses.
CHECK IT OUT There’s a new dessert at Nagisa Japanese Restaurant and it looks the goods: matcha lime cheesecake with a gingerbread biscuit base, azuki, white chocolate paste and berry compote.