Melbourne’s Rice Paper Scissors has closed the doors at Liverpool Street after seven years.
The restaurant, spearheaded by Shane Stafford and Rahmie Clowes, will move to Hardware Lane in the centre of the CBD in the coming weeks.
The new location aims to be open for takeaway from 3 June and dine in when restrictions are loosened.
“Initially we were sad about Liverpool St, it was our first baby and a second home for me,” says Stafford. “But we didn’t come this far without evolving along the way, and that’s what we will do again.”
Meanwhile, the group has made the decision to shutter their other concept Rice Paper Sister, headed by chef Ross Magnaye.
Stafford says Rice Paper Sister will remain closed for the rest of the year, however a comeback could be on the cards further down the track.
“I don’t believe this is the end for that restaurant,” he says. “As a team, we worked so hard on the menu, cocktails and service. We know there are hundreds of customers who will be upset that we will not reopen this year, as are we. When the time is right, Rice Paper Sister will be back for more.”
Stafford says the team plan to incorporate elements from Rice Paper Sister’s offering into the new Rice Paper Scissors menu as well as favourites including the caramel tamarind sticky pork belly and Vietnamese espresso martinis.
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