Only days after opening their latest venue, Continental Deli Bar and Bistro in Sydney’s Newtown, Ben Milgate, Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joseph Valore have announced that they will be opening a spin-off of their Surry Hills restaurant, Bodega at the new Harold Park development.

The restaurant, named Bodega 1904, will be located within the old tramsheds at the Harold Park site. Speaking with Good Food, Milgate, Abrahanowicz and Valore confirmed that the new venue will draw influence from two of their famous Sydney venues.

“[It] will have influences from both Bodega and Porteno as well as its own style… there will be differences to both the originals,” the trio said in a joint statement.

It’s been an exceptionally busy 12 months for the trio. Porteno together with its adjoining watering hole, Gardel’s Bar were forced to close for four months after a fire broke out on Friday 9 January, filling the second floor of the Surry Hills site with smoke. Fire investigators believed that the fire was most likely caused by the flue located above the restaurant’s barbecue pit.

The restaurant reopened on 21 April with a revamped menu and kitchen fit out with new, custom made charcoal grills.

The boys have also been active on the Sydney festival circuit with stalls at the recent Small World Festival, the Sydney Festival, and Vivid, amongst others.  

Porteno was also awarded two hats in the 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, and Bodega was awarded one hat.


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