King Street Greats

In such a long high street, small businesses move in and out every month. But some have been in Newtown for 20, 30 or 40 years....

In Newtown, King Street and Enmore Road’s hundreds of shops, cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants set the scene for a thriving community. The small businesses in this area are diverse and there is a story behind each one, people who are passionate about what they do. Small businesses create the space for community and, in turn are influenced by, and responsive to, community.

In a changing space like Newtown, businesses come and go over time. Where McDonalds once stood, there is now a pub. Time Zone, TAB and a gay bookshop……all gone. Mitre 10, possibly Newtown’s oldest business, closed last year.

Amidst all this change, some businesses have stood the test of time. We have asked you via Facebook, and trawled blogs and our memories to compile a list of businesses that were around in the 80s and 90s, and are still there today. From north to south, here is a selection of King Street Greats:

Goulds Bookshop, was established by Bob Gould (pictured below) in 1988 and is still owned by the Gould family. 32 King.


Noddys on King have been in Newtown and winning hair cutting awards for 20 years.  88 King.

Rowda Ya Habibi has been serving Lebanese food to Newtown for 38 years, inspiring bloggers along the way. 101 King.

Marlborough Hotel was named ‘Marlborough’ in 1901 (previously Daniel Lambert Hotel, built in 1865). The building was destroyed by fire and replaced in Art Deco style in 1940. 145 King.

Kuleto’s was established in 1877 and then re-named Kuleto’s when Donna Asensio – Newtown’s longest-serving licensee – purchased it in the mid 80s. 157 King.

Newtown Hotel was also built in 1887 and was named Newtown Hotel in the early 80s when it was recognised as an established gay and lesbian bar. Pictured below in 1912 when it was called The Rugby Hotel. 174 King.


Tamana’s North Indian Diner opened in 1991 and has been offering countless Indian curries and a perfect mango lassie ever since. 196 King.

Modern Times Bookshop was established in 1979 by John Butler. The Butler family then set up the shop next door, Art on King in 1993 and the two businesses were joined in 2009. 199 King.

Clems Chicken Shop opened in 1982, serving fried chicken, salad, chips and roast vegies and has a very loyal following. 210 King.

Coopers Hotel was established in 1869 as the Shakespeare Hotel, then Coopers Arms in the 90s. 221 King.

Happy Chef has been a favourite Newtown Chinese restaurant for 33 years! They must be doing something right. 264 King.

Civic Video has survived on King Street from 1985 through all technological advances. Time Zone used to be next door. 8 Wilson St, but you can enter through King.

Eastern Flair opened in 1988 and is still going strong, even establishing an online store in recent years. 319 King.

Bank Hotel was established in 1880. No surprise that hotels are the oldest businesses in Newtown.

Town Hall Hotel or the ‘townie’ was established in 1879. 326 King.

Corellis Cafe may be the longest running café in Newtown – 20 years this year. 352 King.

Sandringham Hotel (and morgue) was built in 1870, with band gigs starting over 100 years later, in 1981. The Newtown Social Club crew took over the venue in 2013. 387 King.

Photograph (above) of Bob Gould by Nic Bezzina. Clipping of The Rugby Hotel from Main photograph “King Street Newtown” by J Bar. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

Please forgive any inaccuracies or exclusions – and let us know via email so we can update this page. Thank you.

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