Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon, co-owners of Aria, have announced that Aria Sydney will close Sunday 21 August, for a significant 10-week refurbishment.
“When we opened Aria just before the Sydney Olympics, we made sure we had a design that was contemporary, cutting edge and would last. Bruce and I both feel now is the right time for a new look Aria. That stunning view of Sydney taking in the harbour, bridge and Sydney Opera House will of course remain. I’m looking forward to getting back into the kitchen with the Aria team. We won’t be moving away from fine dining at all, if anything, we’ll be upping the ante,” said Moran.
The menu will remain true to Moran’s ethos of seasonal ingredients and Aria will continue to work with produce from Australian farmers who Aria has forged strong relationships with over 17 years. The kitchen will also introduce a large grill section.
Australian interior architect, George Livissianis is creating the new-look Aria, with a new colour palette and a mix of travertine, leather, bronze and wood fitting out the 170 seat restaurant. Aria will showcase Australian artists and ceramicists. New furniture, bespoke plate and glassware, art and a Saatchi-led rebrand will round out the refresh.
“When Aria opened in 1999, it was a leader in fine dining in this city. It still is and we've never been busier. We’re investing significantly to ensure Aria remains Australia’s leading fine diner for the next 17 years,” said Solomon.
Aria Sydney will reopen in early November for lunch and dinner Monday–Sunday.