Night markets plan welcomed

Night trading: Ristretto & Co. head barista Michael Rocha and owner Frank Angilletta are preparing to run a stall at Liverpool Council's night markets. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Night trading: Ristretto & Co. head barista Michael Rocha and owner Frank Angilletta are preparing to run a stall at Liverpool Council's night markets. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

THE night markets set to launch in Liverpool this weekend could put it on the map as Sydney's latest "cool suburb", says one stallholder.

Liverpool Council starts a 12-month trail for its night markets on Saturday.

Ristretto & Co. cafe owner Frank Angilletta said the move was an excellent opportunity.

"This will point [the city] in the right direction and get everyone talking about us," he said.

The markets, located on Macquarie Street, will run from 4pm to 9pm.

Mr Angilletta said Liverpool suffered had carried the stigma it was dangerous at night.

"But that's not true. It might not be the safest place, but it's really not that bad.

"And events like this, which will encourage people to gather outside at night, will turn that around completely.

"This is a great opportunity; if the right people get behind it this will be a big success."

Mr Angilletta said his stall, selling coffee, will be near the food trucks.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said that the markets will be held on the first Saturday of each month.

He said the street would be transformed into a "bustling outdoor entertainment precinct".

Launch entertainment includes The Collective, 501 Band and the Hot Potato Band.

Details: www.liverpool.nsw .gov.au/nightmarkets.

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