When Lee Ho Fook moved from its original home at 92 Smith Street in Fitzroy to its new residence in the city, co-owner Peter Bartholomew suggested to Liz Carey and Paul Guiney that they take over the space – for a little while.
From September 17, the duo will launch a pop-up wine bar, Semi-Permanent for three months. After that, Lee Ho Fook’s owners (Bartholomew and chef Victor Liong) will take it back to open Goldfish in 2016.
Carey and Guiney have an impressive resume. It includes Nahm and Roka in London, Universal Restaurant in Sydney, and MoVida and The Town Mouse in Melbourne (they were also the joint winners of Gourmet Traveller’s 2009 Maitres d’ of the Year award). At 92 Smith Street they will create a relaxed, familiar space – albeit semi-permanently –with a focus on wine and complementary food.
Carey and Guiney will act as sommeliers and general managers of the pop-up. They have also enlisted Tanya Bertino (ex-The Gem, The Station Hotel) as chef. They will also host regular dinners and events with some of the industry’s favourites, including Christine Manfield, O Tama Carey and James Erskine.
“One thing I love about this industry, which you notice when you do something like this, is that everyone jumps in to help,” says Carey.
Semi-Permanent opens at 92 Smith Street, Collingwood on September 17 and will run until December 24th.