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Scott Bolles


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Scott Bolles reports on the news, moves and changes in the Sydney dining scene, covering restaurants, cafes, producers and what you need to know right now.

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Justin Hemmes hits Coogee Beach

Beach Palace Hotel, Coogee, Sydney, NSW.

Merivale's snaffling of Coogee's Beach Palace Hotel has excited many food punters.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Apr 07 23:59:17 EST 2014

Alessandro Pavoni buys High St. Bistro

High St Bistro

Twin-toqued chef Alessandro Pavoni has snapped up High St. Bistro in Willoughby.

Food News | Short black | Mon Apr 07 23:59:57 EST 2014

Justin North at The Centennial Hotel in Woollahra

Justin North.

Justin North starts the next chapter in his professional life after the 2012 collapse of his restaurant group.

Food News | Short black | Mon Apr 07 23:58:41 EST 2014

Merivale adds Coogee's Beach Palace Hotel to its portfolio

Justin Hemmes

The Hemmes family adds The Beach Palace Hotel in Coogee to their restaurant empire.

Food News | Short black | Thu Apr 03 10:45:40 EST 2014

Nomad restaurant hosts dinner series

Christine Manfield.

Nomad restaurant in Surry Hills will host a series of dinners featuring chefs living a nomadic professional kitchen existence.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 31 23:30:10 EST 2014

Steven Skelly opens Urchin restaurant in Bali


Former Pier head chef Steven Skelly has opened his own restaurant in Seminyak.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 31 23:29:10 EST 2014

Rainford Street Social in Surry Hills closes

Rainford Street Social.

Rainford Street Social, the restaurant that followed Bird Cow Fish, has also shut its doors lasting just 20 months.

Food News | Short black | Mon Mar 31 23:28:33 EST 2014

Chef John Rankin leaves Waitan

Asian tapas at Waitan

It only opened late last year, but Chinatown's $10 million Waitan has already had a change in food direction and chef.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 31 23:28:58 EST 2014

Merivale buys King Street's Noble Canteen

Justin Hemmes at The Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills.

Merivale's CBD property grab is on the march again, with Noble Canteen (previously Trumps Tavern) in King Street its latest acquisition.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 31 09:58:23 EST 2014

George Calombaris in talks with Hayman Island

George Calombaris

MasterChef's George Calombaris is the latest name linked to the restaurants at Hayman Island, which relaunches later this year.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 24 23:59:00 EST 2014

Hall Street heats up

Short Black: China Diner Bondi : Seb Crowther, Sam Fallows, Seb Gee- Head chef and Quynh Nguyen. Thursday 20th March 2014 Photo:

Late arrivals join Bill Granger at Bondi's Hall Street development

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 24 23:59:07 EST 2014

Walsh Bay's Seawall second venture for Kirstie Brown


As chief financial officer for tech and telecommunication companies, Kirstie Brown knows restaurants are a risky financial proposition.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 24 23:58:10 EST 2014

Fourth Village Providore tipped to join Danks Street

Peter Quattroville and his son John at Fourth Village Providore, Mosman, with olive oil vatts. Off the shelf.

If there was a sharemarket for Sydney's eat streets, Danks Street, Waterloo would be a highly traded spec stock.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 24 23:58:51 EST 2014

Mystery behind Westfield restaurant closures

Greek dining special report
Xanthi restaurant in Westfield City.
Pictured is owner David Tsirekas with the Venison with mixed pulse salad.

How has yet another rising food star bitten the dust at Westfield Sydney?

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 24 23:58:44 EST 2014

Xanthi in Westfield Sydney closes

Venison with mixed pulse salad.

In the latest blow to the dining credentials of Westfield Sydney, David Tsirekas's Greek restaurant Xanthi has closed and a liquidator appointed.

Food News | Short black | Wed Mar 19 17:35:30 EST 2014

Opera House in a quandary

Tonci Farrac

The Sydney Opera House has found itself in something of a pickle with its Bennelong restaurant site.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 17 23:59:38 EST 2014

Ferran Adria talks El Bulli at Sydney and Brisbane events

Ferran Adria

Ferran Adria will be in Australia for a short, exclusive tour in early April. Limited tickets are available for events in Sydney and Brisbane.

Food News | Short black | Mon Mar 17 23:59:58 EST 2014

Pyrmont's Bottle and Beast to reopen

Chef Jared Ingersoll

Pyrmont restaurant pop-up Bottle and Beast has been such a success chef Jared Ingersoll will reopen it in a new form when it reaches the end of its run in the next couple of weeks.

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 17 23:59:49 EST 2014

Art Gallery of NSW food venue tenders

Peter McCloskey

Is the team from Aria making a play for The Art Gallery of NSW?

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 17 23:59:52 EST 2014

Martin Boetz signs up to Hollywood restaurant

Chef Martin Boetz

Aussie actors have stormed Hollywood, now it's the turn of our restaurateurs. The tiny chorus line of Oz-owned eateries in Los Angeles is about to be joined by a budding star of the restaurant...

Food News | Scott Bolles | Mon Mar 17 23:59:21 EST 2014