Justin Hemmes opens doors to 10 diners at some Merivale venues

Coogee Pavilion is one of a few Merivale venues trialling its new lucky-10 diner concept.
Coogee Pavilion is one of a few Merivale venues trialling its new lucky-10 diner concept. Photo: Steven Siewert

The knives and forks are back out at Merivale, with the hospitality giant unpacking the cutlery and opening the doors for diners at a posse of its venues.

The group quietly trialled Sydney's new lucky-10 diner concept over the weekend at venues including Jimmy's Falafel and Bar Totti's in the city. Even the cavernous ground floor at Coogee Pavilion opened for just 10 customers at a time.

With many Merivale venues already open for takeaway, the quick can now snare a walk-in seat at venues including Potts Point's Lotus eatery, as well as Jimmy's Falafel and Bar Totti's.

The more premium Merivale restaurants are also starting to fire up. You can now reserve a seat at Mr. Wong for $150. The Paddington is also open for bookings.

"We hope to open [Coogee fine-diner] Mimi's just before the June long weekend," Merivale chief Justin Hemmes told Good Food.

Hemmes also thinks the current climate has unearthed an ongoing revenue stream for the company. The Merivale at Home product has been so popular that they'll start delivering it to south-east Queensland and Victoria in the coming weeks.