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By December 16, 2015 No Comments

Shingle Bells, Shingle Bells, Shingle All The Way…

These are the lyrics Edie, (our two-year old) sings to her current favourite; Jingle Bells. She loves to sing, never stops. Melody – on point. Lyrics? Always optional.

She’s mastered a lot this year so I won’t give her too hard a time. Everything is new when you’re two.

I’m 2 plus 35 and I’m still finding out new things. This year I’ve read countless articles, books and studies on how to be the most effective manager and have concluded they could save me the time by all just saying this;

Managing people is really hard for two main reasons. Everyone is a little bit crazy and so are you. The end.

It’s not the only thing I learned this year. Gregory and I learned that it’s important to get your Responsible Service of Alcohol cards replaced as soon as you realise they’re lost.

We submitted the final edit for the cookbook and opened The Gretz in the same week and confirmed that our sense of timing is woeful.

Years in the making, but we finally got our Gift Certificates up online if you’re still on the hunt for Christmas Gifts.

We watched our friend’s new restaurants appear on the cityscape like the popcorn I cook for Friday Night Movie Night with the girls. We’ve been to more soft openings this year than we’ve been to in the previous years combined. Then again, when we opened we knew no one and no one knew us, so maybe that has something to do with it. Sydney is an exciting dining city and honestly, it’s a really lovely, supportive community to be a part of.

We slowly, but eventually totally ceased our Staff Physical Training Sessions but I won 10 classes for Sydney Dance Company and I think Gregory would look great in tights in Tap 101.







A billion other things happened this year most in a blur, some in a slow, agonising churn that makes you feel like you’re alone even when you know you’re not. 2015 has been a rough ride personally for quite a few of us in the Hartsyard and Gretz family. We want to thank our wonderful staff for their talent, stamina and positivity through a challenging year, wish them a peaceful and calm break, a soccer boot to kick the arse of 2015 into history and a pair of kid gloves to catch 2016 with all its excitement, energy and promise.

And to you all, may we thank you for your loyalty and friendship. May we wish you all a lovely, restful break and in the words of Edie May Llewellyn – and only if it’s necessary, as I’d warrant it’s quite extreme –

May We Wish You A Merry Christmas,

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

And A Happy New You.




Take a break. We are. We’ll see you in 2016.