Andrew McConnell's Gertrude Street fine diner Cutler & Co. is closing for renovations on Sunday February 19.
McConnell says after eight years it's time for the restaurant to evolve. He's hired Iva Foschia of IF Architecture (who also did the fit-out for his wine bar Marion) to helm the redesign.
“Restaurant years are like dog years, especially in this town,” he says in a statement sent to Broadsheet today. “So I’m pretty happy to still be here; still receiving enthusiastic diners. But just because people enjoy it, doesn’t mean that I can rest on my laurels.
“I don’t want too many rules in my restaurants and I don’t want them to feel stitched up."
The front bar will become a destination in its own right, with the idea that diners can come in for a quick drink and (refined) snack such as an abalone tonkatsu sandwich. The space will be divided into three distinct dining areas, with the bar at the front, a mid-section dining space that wraps around a chef’s table, and a more intimate and luxurious dining room (with a French-made fireplace) at the back.
"We want the space to have a warm and intimate feel, with bronze details on the bar, smokey leather chairs you can sink into and finishes that include slate-flecked stone and green granite," McConnell says.
They're also developing a new bar menu with a seafood focus, plus the à la carte menu is getting some new share plates including whole roasted ‘Dry aged duck’ and a standing rib roast of Charolias Beef.
Cutler & Co. 2.0 will open in mid-March.