Less than a year after opening, Chatswood’s Hello Kitty Diner has closed its doors and pulled its entire online presence.
Chef Warren Turnbull, who was a consultant for the restaurant’s opening, said he was unaware of the closure and Broadsheet’s attempts to contact management were met with silence.
“I know nothing about it. I only had a one month contract with them,” says Turnbull.
The diner was known for serving burgers and snacks with an Asian influence, with dishes such as Korean fried chicken and traditional American-style burgers. The restaurant was Australia’s second Hello Kitty Diner and opened with huge fanfare.
Another surprise closure is The Resident on Hyde Park, which only opened in July this year.
The Mediterranean-style restaurant was part of Lotus Dining Group and run by chef Pablo Tordesillas, who moved down from Brisbane for the venture. In an official statement, Lotus Dining Group said it had made the “difficult decision to close” to focus on what it does best: modern Chinese cuisine.
“While the location on College Street overlooking Hyde Park is beautiful and both customer and media feedback was excellent, the business wasn't where we would have liked to see it,” the group states.
The group is planning to open a new venture on the same site, with the concept to be announced next year.