Potts Point’s Paper Bird to close
Sydney’s dining scene has taken another hit this week, with Potts Point restaurant Paper Bird announcing its closure on August 3.
The hatted restaurant opened in 2017 by co-owners chefs Ben Sears and Eun Hee An, and front-of-house Ned Brooks. Just two years in, it had garnered attention for its modern takes on Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisines – particularly its fried chicken, which is brined in shrimp paste before being battered and fried.
“I think you don’t just have a bad month and close a restaurant – it’s cumulative,” Sears said in an interview with Broadsheet. “The busiest time, that peak period of the year [for restaurants], is shorter now, and the quieter period is longer. There is market saturation. Just look at Potts Point – there are six or seven really good restaurants just on Macleay Street. Even with opening a restaurant, you used to get a busy year, but you don’t any more, people go onto the next thing.”
Sears also told Broadsheet that they have no plans yet for something new, as "paying some people back is the main focus."
The restaurant now joins a string of others in Sydney that have closed in 2019.
Last week Newtown degustation restaurant Oscillate Wildly announced it will close on August 31; the Fish Shop closed last week; and nearby ACME, Longrain and Billy Kwong will also close in the coming weeks.
Before its final service the team will being cooking menu favourites from the last two years.