Sydney Opera House tender back up for grabs

Author: Maya Kerthyasa
Photography: Prue Ruscoe

The dining room at the Sydney Opera House is once again out to tender. The landmark space, occupied by Guillaume at Bennelong for 12 years, was set to be taken over by the Van Haandel Group this May, but the group pulled out in March, following a fire that destroyed their Melbourne flagship Stokehouse, putting the room back on the market.

The new tender process, headed up by Opera House CEO Louise Herron, is effective from today, and the House's board has sought out the food and beverage expertise of chefs Neil Perry and Christine Manfield to assist with the final decision.

"We are looking for a restaurant concept that suits the venue and a cuisine that embraces Australia's distinctive and diverse produce and culinary heritage," Herron says.

Applications for expressions of interest close on 25 August, and the new venue is slated to be in place and ready for business early next year. For the time being, the room will continue to be used as a premium events space in conjunction with Aria Catering.

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