Kensington Street secures international chef for new restaurant opening

28 August, 2015 by
Danielle Bowling

Chef Frederic Colin of Brasserie Gavroche in Singapore will open his first Sydney restaurant, Bistrot Gavroche at Kensington Street.

Located in Sydney’s Chippendale, Kensington Street is a ‘lifestyle precinct’ that combines heritage, hospitality, retail and art. Set to open in late-September 2015, Kensington Street will host restaurants, cafes, small bars, markets, artists, galleries, retailers, and other creatives.

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Bistrot Gavroche will offer classic French cuisine, paying homage to the recipes of Colin’s youth.

Marcus Chang, executive director in charge of leasing at Kensington Street’s developer, Greencliff said, “Chippendale is experiencing a cultural and culinary revolution at present and we are delighted that Frederic has chosen to open his first Sydney establishment right here in the heart of the action at Kensington Street. Frederic, along with his high calibre team of chefs and sommeliers will offer a quintessential French dining experience that will attract local and international visitors.”

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Bistrot Gavroche will occupy a space in one of Kensington Street’s oldest warehouses which dates back to the 1800s. ‘The Old Rum Store’, as it will be known, was originally used as a bonded store for casks of rum. Visitors can still see the original exposed steel beams that were specifically imported from London and the exposed timber joists, which were positioned close together to endure the heavy loads of rum barrels, being delivered and stored.

 Colin said the unique charm and character of Kensington Street was a big factor in his team’s decision to launch Bistrot Gavroche in Chippendale.

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“Cooking is a passion that runs in my blood and coming to Kensington Street is a wonderful opportunity for me to bring classic French cuisine to Sydney’s new downtown. I think it’s going to be a really diverse and interesting part of Sydney when it’s finished and hopefully put Chippendale even more firmly on the map as a food and cultural hot-spot.”

Greencliff is currently in talks with a number of other high calibre restaurateurs and bar operators who have expressed interest in opening a venue at The Old Rum Store.