Duo signs up to tackle ill-fated Brasserie site

Scott Bolles

SYDNEY'S Bayswater Brasserie site has been the scene of some spectacular restaurant implosions in recent times, but it hasn't deterred a posse of hospitality players lining up for the chance to reboot the venue.

A new restaurant-bar will open at the Bayswater Road site, with David Fedele, who had success relaunching Manly's The Shore Club a few years back, confirming he and hospitality specialist Michael Raft are part of the team reopening the venue.

The restaurant-bar will feature a ''Japanese-infused menu'', with a number of monikers being kicked around, including Kissa.

''We want to be open before Christmas,'' Fedele says.

He isn't concerned by the succession of closures at the venue, with Smith's on Bayswater and Ortolan on Bayswater both failing.

''Ortolan was an upmarket French a la carte restaurant on a street with a 25- to 35-year-old demographic,'' he says.

Fedele wouldn't comment on rumours he and his business partners are negotiating to take another site on the strip, The Lincoln.