Jimmy Liks site to become Chaco Bar yakitori bar

Yakitori skewers at Chaco Bar in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Yakitori skewers at Chaco Bar in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Photo: Janie Barrett

A world-class yakitori bar is headed our way. Chaco Bar, the off-piste Darlinghurst favourite of an A-list of Sydney chefs including Neil Perry and Justin North, has nabbed the old Jimmy Liks site at Potts Point, where a new yakitori-focused venue will open in October.

Chaco's owner-chef Keita Abe confirmed the former Jimmy Liks site will be refashioned to include an island grill and chef's table.

"It's double the size (of the original Chaco Bar), about 80 dining and 20 at the bar," Abe says.

A Development Application has been lodged with the City of Sydney.

The Japanese chef made a name for himself and earned a cult following for his yakitori.

Abe says the new, larger Potts Point venue will give him scope to increase his repertoire and he's already briefed poultry suppliers on Jidori chicken.

"It has a really special flavour. The Japanese are really into breed, and we love older chickens," he says.

The Fukuoka-raised chef says the new venue will take the Chaco Bar name when it opens later this year, and the original shop on Crown Street, Darlinghurst, will morph into a ramen-focused restaurant he'll rename Chaco Ramen.

That's good news for ramen lovers, with Perry describing Abe's ramen as "Tokyo-level stuff".