After 10 years, Enmore Road diner Hartsyard is closing. Current owners Jarrod Walsh and Dot Lee will offer their last service on August 29, after four years operating the much loved restaurant. Walsh and Lee say in a statement that while Covid was challenging, over the past couple of years they had found their “place and voice within the inner-west community and hospitality industry”.

But while the OG Hartsyard is closing, it’s set to reappear in a different format in Chippendale. Right now, you can get the diner’s barramundi burgers and mushroom jaffles at The Old Clare Hotel’s rooftop and bar. They’ll also be helping to evolve the hotel’s food and beverage menus. Most excitingly, towards the end of the year the duo is set to open a new restaurant within the Old Clare precinct. It’s a return to the area for Walsh, who previously worked at Automata.

Walsh and Lee took over Hartsyard from original owners Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart in 2018. And while under Llewellyn and Hart the diner was famed for its fried chicken (even spawning a spin-off fried-chicken diner, Wish Bone, which has now closed), Walsh – who was already head chef under Llewellyn – and front-of-house gun Lee took a different tack, turning out an elegant menu of produce-forward dishes spiked with Asian ingredients.

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Until it closes in August, Hartsyard will offer a best-of tasting menu, as well as a small à la carte bar menu.

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