Pinbone set to close

Author: Pat Nourse
Photography: Prue Ruscoe

You'll want to order triple serves of the maple, bacon and pumpkin tart at Pinbone this month - the team behind the much-loved Sydney eatery has announced that it'll be leaving the building in three weeks.

"We're both sad and glad," says chef Mike Eggert. Eggert, fellow head chef Jemma Whiteman (co-nominees for Best New Talent in last year's GT restaurant awards) and manager Berri Eggert found an ardent following at the Woollahra restaurant for their epic Sunday brunches, inventive dinner menus and smart wine list.

The trio plans to continue working together as Pinbone, but, Mike says, the format of their next venture will be decided by the site as much as anything else. "I don't think we'd do a combined café and restaurant again, because that was killing us. But if we find a site that's more suited to a café, then maybe we'll do that first and then a restaurant further down the track, or maybe the other way around."

He cited Australian chef James Henry's Paris restaurant, Bones, as a source of inspiration, saying something with a larger bar component - "maybe even 50/50" - held a lot of appeal. So while your comfort-eating at Pinbone over the next three weeks may be tinged with sadness, there's plenty more from the team to look forward to. Expect to see catering, pop-ups and other fun in the meantime.

Pinbone, 3 Jersey Rd, Woollahra, NSW, (02) 9328 1600

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