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Hospo Co-Working Space Worksmith to Launch in Melbourne

It’s a “co-working space with a twist”, for those in the food and beverage biz.

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”.

“We’re focused on providing an environment that encourages both personal and professional development within the hospitality industry,” says Bascetta, who also co-runs Grow Assembly, a hospo event series with a simular ethos.

“We’ve seen Grow Assembly events bring together amazing talent, nurture friendships and provide a platform to inspire, learn and support one another within the industry – and with Worksmith, we’re taking it one step further by putting those amazing values into practice, every day.”

The space includes a fully equipped commercial kitchen, in-house bar, lounge, event space and photography room (for product shots), and has been designed with notable co-working experience. Worksmith’s other co-founder, property developer Roscoe Power, has spent the last year working and researching the initiative at over a dozen international co-working spaces through Remote Year.

“With that experience and direct insights from the food and beverage industry, we’re confident we’re creating a space that speaks directly to the needs of its members,” says Worksmith marketing lead Emily Ryan.

Types of business that would benefit from becoming a member of Worksmith include wine, beer and spirit distributors; restaurant owners; point of sale operators; hospitality marketers and even graphic designers. Founding members include renowned international bartender Luke Whearty, Australian spirits experts Cap and Bells, award-winning sommelier Banjo Harris Plane and The Beaufort's David Kerr.

Worksmith plans to open its doors mid-February this year at 450 Smith Street Collingwood and is currently taking registrations of interest for memberships via its website.

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