Australia’s famous chef and restaurateur, Neil Perry, is back from his brief retirement and has announced plans to open a new restaurant in an upcoming commercial and lifestyle precinct, the Pallas House in Double Bay.
After stepping back from his role as the Rockpool Dining Group’s culinary director in mid-2020, the chef revealed that his new and still-unnamed restaurant will serve as the anchor tenant of the low-rise building that will be constructed on 30 to 36 Bay Street in the leafy eastern Sydney suburb.
His lease at Pallas House is good for 10 years.
In an feature with the project developer, Fortis, Mr Perry said that he wants to “create one of the world’s best neighbourhood dining experiences,” where locals would love to hang out or meet as often as they’d like.
Mr Perry envisions a simple but high-quality fit-out, with about 178 seats, and has enlisted Caon Studios and ACME for the design and development. Longterm, the experienced restaurateur won’t just open a new restaurant but a “Double Bay institution” loved by locals and visitors from all over the world.
This will be Mr Perry’s solo venture after 40 years. Post-COVID, Fortis believes that his venue will help Double Bay’s resurgence.
Meanwhile, Pallas House is set for completion in April 2021 and has also secured chef Damien Monley, who will open an all-day dining eatery. Much of the building will be rented out to commercial establishments, with Pallas Capital occupying the top two floors.