All change at Pink Salt in Double Bay

Evan Hansimikali is selling up his Double Bay restaurant Pink Salt.
Evan Hansimikali is selling up his Double Bay restaurant Pink Salt.  Photo: Louise Kennerley

He was one of the first generation of television food show contestants to use their exposure to shoe-horn into the restaurant industry, now Evan Hansimikali is getting out of Double Bay, selling Pink Salt restaurant. "Thirteen years on the back of a reality TV show is a good run for a restaurant. Our last service is June 30," he says. Hansimikali won't name the incoming owner, but Julian Tobias (The Island) is being linked to the site and has long been hot on opening on the DB Cross Street strip. Hansimikali is tired of the grind of running an upmarket restaurant. "The costs have gone up so much since I opened. I used to pay $6 a kilo for pork belly, now it's $17." He'll retain some involvement in the food industry. "I bought the petrol station on Regent Street near Central Station with my brother. There used to be a Malaysian restaurant there; we're opening Manny's Pizza Diner. It has a 24-hour licence, the food will be simple, the sort of stuff I can cook if the chef doesn't show up."