It’s been said that ending on a high is as important as beginning with a bang. And that’s exactly what chef Nicky Riemer and business partner Adam Cash have decided to do. They have announced they’ll close their Richmond restaurant, Union Dining, on February 4, 2017.
“It’s very emotional,” says Riemer, “but it’s also ending in a good way. It’s happy.”
Long-time mates and colleagues, Riemer and Cash opened the Swan Street dining room in June 2011 to much anticipation given the depth of both their experience.
Before Union dining, Cash was managing Cutler & Co after years in the industry. Riemer was head chef at Melbourne Wine Room under Karen Martini. The partners created a dynamic dining room; a Richmond local, a second home for some; and a strong culture of quality, upping the ante for food in the area.
The decision to close came about after plans with potential new business partners weren’t realised. “We felt it was time to move on from this site,” says Riemer. Neither Riemer nor Cash are locked into anything beyond the closing of the restaurant. “I’ll take a couple of months off and see what’s happening after that,” says Riemer.
“At this stage I am just focusing on being busy for our final weeks,” Cash says. “There's a month of gardening waiting for me at home in Kyneton.”
The next few weeks will be about celebrating the restaurant, which will be open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday until February 4. There will be a special celebration towards the end of January at which Union will host one final Sunday Locals Lunch with ingredients and wines sourced from some of Riemer and Cash’s favourite Victorian vineyards, farmers and producers. The event is already sold out.
So, to get to Union Dining in its last days, be quick. When venues close on a high, it’s usually with a wait list.