Chef and restaurateur Scott Pickett has acquired iconic Melbourne restaurant Longrain.

The venue, previously owned and operated by Lisa and John Van Haandel, announced its closure in May after 15 years in operation.

However, Pickett has since acquired the Thai restaurant, securing a 20-year lease on the Little Bourke Street site.

“I am thrilled to announce that we are stepping in to continue the operation of legendary Melbourne restaurant Longrain,” the chef posted on Instagram.

“I have always loved Longrain, it’s a wonderful brand and venue and I didn’t want to see that disappear.”

Pickett has hired back most of the restaurant’s front and back of house teams, and has plans to reopen the venue on 29 July with a new food offering.

“I am stoked the team is staying on and we can continue this iconic Melbourne venue,” says Pickett.

“A massive thanks to John and Lisa Van Haandel for their support and creating such a beautiful restaurant that will now continue for many years to come.”

Longrain is the latest addition to Pickett and Co’s portfolio, which has been steadily expanding over the years and includes Matilda, Estelle and Lupo.

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