Bayswater Road precinct on the rise, with chef Luke Mangan opening bar behind Coca-Cola sign


A posse of recent venues – together with a brand new Luke Mangan bar – point out the get together vibe is returning to Potts Level.

Scott Bolles

The precinct round Bayswater Highway has lengthy served as a barometer for Sydney hospitality, and superstar chef Luke Mangan is tipping it as on the rise once more with plans for a food-led bar in Potts Level. And Mangan isn’t alone, with a posse of recent venues within the space.

Chef Luke Mangan is hoping to help bring the magic back to the area around Bayswater Road.
Chef Luke Mangan is hoping to assist convey the magic again to the realm round Bayswater Highway. Provided

Mangan has nabbed a website on Pennys Lane, which runs between Kings Cross Highway and Bayswater Highway, behind the Coca-Cola signal. It’ll open in September, and whereas the chef hasn’t settled on a reputation, he argues each the positioning – which is able to accommodate 90 individuals – and the realm are ripe for a bar.

Others agree. In February, Vermuteria, an old-school Euro aperitif bar, opened within the long-time house of Café Hernandez on Kings Cross Highway, as did the Spanish-inspired Bar Lucia, on Kellett Avenue.

Luke Mangan’s new bar will be positioned behind the famous Coca-Cola sign in Kings Cross.
Luke Mangan’s new bar can be positioned behind the well-known Coca-Cola check in Kings Cross.Brendan Esposito

There are different promising indicators for the boom-or-bust precinct that was hit notably laborious throughout Sydney’s lockout-law period, when plenty of hospitality venues, together with Hugos Lounge, closed.

This week, Bayswater Highway welcomed a brand new eatery, Levant, which slid into the previous house of Bayswater Brasserie, a one-time pillar through the strip’s first hospitality reign. Levant’s easy Mediterranean menu consists of lamb skewers and grilled halloumi topped with hibiscus-lemon sauce.

“It’s transferring again to being get together central.”

Peter Lew, co-owner of Chula restaurant.

The Mediterranean and Center Japanese flavours at Ezra restaurant have proved standard sufficient for the house owners of the Kellett Avenue restaurant to double down on the strip. Subsequent month they’ll open an Indian restaurant, Raja, subsequent door.

The owners of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant Ezra are opening an Indian restaurant next door.
The house owners of Mediterranean and Center Japanese restaurant Ezra are opening an Indian restaurant subsequent door.Wolter Peeters

And Mangan can faucet some native data, albeit a bit rusty, having beforehand operated Darlinghurst’s hatted Salt restaurant just a few hundred metres away from his new website.

“Effectively, we’re speaking 20-odd years (in the past),” he jokes. “However I really like the best way this complete space has advanced for the higher, so many nice operators doing nice issues, so I’m hoping we will add extra magic to the realm.”

Scott BollesScott Bolles writes the weekly Quick Black column in Good Meals.

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