Mike McEnearney’s Sydney restaurant No.1 Bent Street to close

Mike McEnearney. Image source: @1bentst via Instagram

After Mike McEnearney’s Sydney restaurant No.1 Bent Street was handed to administrators in December, it's now been announced that the restaurant will close in April, making way for something new.

At the time, McEnearney said construction in the area was partly to blame for the acclaimed restaurant's financial hardship. After it went into administration, deliberations over the business's fate took a month and the business is now out of administration.

But it's not sad news. In its place, McEnearney will open a new restaurant, taking the yet-to-be-named new concept in a different direction.

“It will totally change in April,” McEnearney said in an interview with Broadsheet. “People have until the end of April to come here for the last time before it’s given a refresh. It’s a fast-moving landscape, the city has changed and we all need to keep up with it. People’s spending habits have changed, which is something we need to react to. People are eating out more [often] but spending less [each time].”

No.1 Bent Street has been a popular lunch and dinner destination for three years, with McEnearney splitting his time between the CBD spot and his casual diner at Sydney Airport, Kitchen by Mike.

The chef is also the Carriageworks Farmers Market's creative director, where he works alongside its ambassador Kylie Kwong. Just last week Kwong also announced the closure of her restaurant, Billy Kwong, after 19 years, with plans to open something new in its place.