The trio behind one of Sydney’s most popular new Italian eateries Pellegrino 2000 and neo-Parisian restaurant Bistrot 916 have acquired the former location of The Bridge Room in the city’s CBD.

The historic 44 Bridge Street site, known as Booth House, has remained vacant since Ross and Sunny Lusted closed the doors to the fine diner to open Woodcut at Crown Sydney. But the space will now be given a new life of life by chefs Dan Pepperell and Michael Clift and sommelier Andy Tyson.

“We are so thrilled to have nabbed such an iconic space,” says Tyson. “We can’t wait to do it, and we are honoured to make this one shine.” 

Come February next year, the yet-to-be-named restaurant will re-emerge as a New York-inspired seafood grill steakhouse concept, rounding out the Italian- and French-centric venues in the trio’s portfolio.

“We’ll have a selection of different oysters, shrimp cocktail, charcoal turbot and porterhouse for two,” says Clift.

“American staples with a much broader seafood selection,” adds Pepperell. “Very exciting.”

Clift, Pepperell and Tyson have fast become a force in the local restaurant landscape, culminating their experiences at the former Rockpool Dining Group and Swillhouse to launch their first project Bistrot 916 in Potts Point in late 2021 before opening Pellegrino 2000 earlier this year.

The Surry Hills restaurant has accumulated accolades thick and fast, with bookings snapped up months in advance.

But, the venue has recently expanded its trading hours with lunch on Friday and Saturday as well as the launch of aperitivo hour from 4-5pm for the rest of the month.

The group will reveal an official opening date for its new addition shortly.