Less than eight months after opening fine-diner Eleven Bridge (formerly Rockpool Est. 1989) restaurateur Neil Perry has announced its imminent closure.
The restaurant was Perry's last independent venture after the announcement in November last year that Rockpool Bar & Grill, Rosetta, Spice Temple and Burger Project were being sold to Urban Purveyor Group (UPG) to create a new company, the Rockpool Dining Group. Perry’s role with the new group is head of culinary. RDG also owns Fratelli Fresh, Sakè Restaurant and Bar and Bavarian Beer Cafe.
Before Eleven Bridge closes in May, executive chef Phil Wood will present tasting menus of classic dishes from Eleven Bridge and Rockpool Est. 1989 in celebration of the restaurants’ 28-year history.
“The team is really excited about going out on such a high by creating all the great dishes, past and present,” said Perry. "Rockpool Dining Group operates a tight-knit family of quality restaurants and great brands with maximum efficiency and it makes sense to operate the Eleven Bridge site within this portfolio, rather than as a standalone restaurant."
After it closed in August 2016, Rockpool Est. 1989 was reincarnated as Eleven Bridge and was well received. Chef Wood, who has been with the venue since 2009, confirmed he will leave the company when Elven Bridge closes. "It’s been an absolute pleasure and honour to add to the legend of an iconic restaurant in Australia,” Wood says. "It’s been an incredible journey and I’ll treasure all the awards we’ve won together. After eight years, it’s time for me to seek a new challenge and broaden my career.”
Eleven Bridge will host a final dinner service on Saturday May 13, after which the CBD site will be overhauled for a new venture that will focus on Cantonese cuisine.
More information about the new concept will be announced in the coming months.