When Broadsheet reached out for comment, a spokesperson told us it’s “business as usual” and the restaurant will close for the holidays on December 22 and reopen on January 2, 2019. No further comment was provided.
McEnearney earned his stripes working as head chef at Neil Perry’s Rockpool, before opening Kitchen by Mike in Rosebery. The casual eatery offered canteen-style dining in a warehouse space adjacent to homewares store Koskela. Kitchen by Mike became one of the first dining destinations worth visiting in Rosebery, which these days has plenty of great places to eat. Despite having lines out the door for his salads and sandwiches, though, he closed the venue in August 2015.
McEnearney was back in the restaurant game less than a year later with No. 1 Bent Street, which offered a more refined take on what he’d been doing up in Rosebery in the thick of corporate Sydney. He told Broadsheet at the time that his approach would be: “cooking seasonally, with a less-is-more approach, very egalitarian and not too expensive”.
Unfortunately, as he told Good Food, maintaining the business became increasingly difficult thanks to disruption from light-rail construction, the Barangaroo development “sucking people away”, and people no longer wanting expensive lunches in the city.