One of most celebrated restaurants in Australia is closing its doors. Fortunately, something exciting is opening it its place...
Today, renowned Australian chef Neil Perry announced he is closing the doors of his much beloved Sydney restaurant, Rockpool Est. 1989.
Like its name suggests, the establishment has been a fine dining hotspot in Sydney since 1989. The stunning eatery has consistently received Sydney's top restaurant accolades since its opening, and was one of only four restaurants to earn three chefs hats from the Sydney Good Food Guide this year.
"It has been a difficult decision, having dedicated the past 27 years to making Rockpool Est. 1989 one of Australia’s best and most awarded restaurants," the Rockpool team announced on its blog.
"However, after much consideration and conversation, we have decided to move away from the traditional concept of fine dining that Rockpool Est 1989 has forged its reputation on."
In its place, Neil and co. are opening Eleven Bridge - a more casual dining experience located in the historic Burns Philp building on Bridge Street.
"Eleven Bridge will offer the same premium, sustainable produce, sourced locally with world-class service, but it will do so in a more relaxed, a la carte style," a statement read. "Thus, while we will be changing the name and menu format, we will be maintaining all the elements that are crucial to great dining."
The final meal at Rockpool Est. 1989 will be served on July 30, with Eleven Bridge set to open on Monday, August 8.
Rockpool's sister restaurant, Rockpool Bar and Grill will continue to operate in Sydney and other locations nationwide.