While some top-hatted restaurants have offered takeaway service in the wake of the Australia-wide lockdown - which is estimated to last six months - Matt decided this wouldn’t be possible for his venues.
Sending a message to all patrons, Matt and his business partner Bruce Solomon write: ‘Today is an incredibly sad day for the hospitality industry, for our venues and the people we have worked with for so many years.
‘It is with heavy hearts that we have had to shut down all of our venues, from our first restaurant together Aria, to the iconic Opera Bar, our much loved Chiswick, Riverbar and Kitchen, Chiswick at the Gallery, North Bondi Fish, Barangaroo House, Chophouse and Little Big House. We have poured our heart and soul into each and every venue and have loved all the places we have created.
‘But our story is nothing without the people who we have worked with us for so many years. From the chefs and waiters to bar staff, cleaners and support staff, every single one of our staff members has played a part in the making of our places, which are some of Sydney and Brisbane’s much loved restaurants and bars. Thank you for being a part of our story, you make our venues the places people love.
We also want to thank our loyal guests who have supported us since our first venture together 20 years ago. We believe that a fabulous venue becomes part of your everyday fabric and life. Thank you for choosing to come, experience and drink and dine with us.’
Vowing to return once the coronavirus pandemic is over and restrictions are lifted, they add: ‘We will be back, stronger than ever and ready to welcome you. In the meantime, take care and stay strong.’
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