Iconic Sydney rock music venue Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice is set to be demolished in order to make way for a new metro line.
The metro expansion comes as part of the city’s new $27billion Metro West line and according to Sydney Morning Herald, will see the construction of two stations – one in Pyrmont and the other in the CBD at Hunter Street.
The latter station will need two construction sites, with one on Hunter Street between O’Connell and Bligh streets – where Frankie’s Pizza resides.
On May 18, Frankie’s made their first statement regarding the upcoming demolition, confirming that the venue has at least a year left in operation.
“We are taking this opportunity to push all of our energy and resources into making more memories with our beloved Sydney, it’s people and it’s visitors, while we still can,” the statement, shared on social media, reads.
“We are adding more bands, more bills, big events, collaborations, and all the late night revelry you would expect from one of the world’s great Rock & Roll institutions, right up til’ the fat lady dies. Who is with us!? LET’S PARTY!”
Speaking to SMH over the weekend, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance commented that that the venue’s owners and staff would be compensated, and assisted in relocation.
“Frankie’s is an important part of Sydney’s live music scene and we will make sure it is properly supported during this challenging time,” Constance said.
“Sydney Metro is assigning Frankie’s a dedicated acquisition manager to guide them through this process and to help find another location.”