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Classic Sydney Milkbar Reborn As A Small Bar

After famously operating as a milkbar for over 63 years, The Rio at Summer Hill has now re-opened... as a bar!

George Poulos served his legendary milk shakes at the Smith Street address until he passed away in 2015, but now the classic store has been given a new lease of life after it's new owners started serving drinks.

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Tess Robens told Goodfood.com she wants to pay tribute to the venue's history by restoring the buildings fascade and also selling a drink inspired by The Rio's past.

"I grew up in Summer Hill and the caramel malt milkshake at The Rio was my favourite. We've put a bootleggers punch on the menu as a nod. Apparently milkbars used to put a dash of rum in the bootlegger milkshakes,"

"I want to honour George by creating a space that is a meeting place for the community. I've wanted to have a bar in this space for as long as I can remember," she says.

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Open Wed-Thu 3pm-10pm

Fri-Sat noon-midnight

Sun noon-10pm

126 Smith Street, Summer Hill 

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