Bopp & Tone, a new restaurant and bar, will open next month in the Sydney CBD with a Luchetti Krelle interior and food from Good Food's favourite chef name, Sa Va'afusuaga. Back in July, Good Food revealed that the Applejack group (The Butler, Della Hyde) had snapped up Steel Bar & Grill on Carrington Street.
They've gutted the restaurant and will reopen with a name that tips its lid to the Applejack founders' Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts' maternal grandfathers, Keith "Bopp'' Evans and Anthony "Tone" Adams.
The venue will reflect "the nostalgic and optimistic post-WW2 era they lived in", presumably without the food rationing and building material shortage given the Luchetti Krelle interior has swaths of marble.
There's a heavy Mediterranean influence to the draft menus, the produce – Hawkesbury river calamari and Brooklyn Valley steaks included – predominantly cooked on the in-house wood and charcoal grills.
Steel had an interesting history before its recent sale to Applejack.
It was opened a decade ago by Josephine Pignolet Best Young Chef award winner Damian Heads and the Pony Group, cattle farmer-turned-restaurateur David Tracey buying it in 2013.