Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes has announced plans to evolve the Ivy laneway precinct in the Sydney CBD.

The hospitality giant has confirmed four new bars and eateries will open in the coming months in a bid to reinvigorate the night time economy. “We want to create a destination buzzing with people having a having fantastic time,” says Hemmes.

Little Felix is the first venue to launch, and will open on Ash Street in July. The concept has been billed as the ‘little sister’ of French fine diner Felix and will be spearheaded by head chef Nathan Johnson. A French menu will be paired with French wine and classic cocktails.

Head chef Simon Zalloua is behind a Lebanese eatery and bar on George Street. The venue will be split into two with a takeaway section at the front and a bar and diner at the back. The menu will lean towards legumes and vegetables cooked over charcoal. “Middle Eastern food has stunning flavours and an amazing vibe,” says Hemmes. “It’s all about sharing and enjoying yourself with others.”

Totti’s Bondi executive chef Mike Eggert will make his way to Palings Lane, with the launch of an Italian bar and restaurant. The venue will take cues from the Bondi concept, with antipasto and wood-fired fare on the menu.

A Mexican venue on George Street will complete the new additions.

Details on ‘Ivy 2.0’ will be unveiled in due course.


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