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Bistrot 916 in Potts Point is set to close later this year

The neo-French restaurant from the Pellegrino 2000 team is set to close in 2024, with the team looking to relocate the popular Parisian diner.

Another popular Sydney restaurant has announced it is closing, adding to the wave of venues shutting up shop across the city. This time it’s the Pellegrino 2000 team’s neo-French diner Bistrot 916 in Potts Point.

The bustling Challis Avenue venue has been earmarked for a boutique hotel development. Today, Bistrot 916 owners Andy Tyson, Mikey Clift, and Dan Pepperell announced the restaurant will cease operation at the end of 2024. 

“It’s a shame. We are so happy with the restaurant — the vibe is amazing, our team is great, and it’s busier than ever,” says Tyson in a statement. 

The new-wave French bistro took over the former Lotus space in early 2021, opening to much acclaim and becoming a go-to Potts Point bolthole over the years. With its elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, flamingo pink tablecloths, exacting wine list, and playful menu of green-hued snail pasta, classic duck frites and iced seafood platters, it’s easy to see how it hit local success in a few years. 

“We owe a deep debt of gratitude to our customers and the Potts Point locals. This place has been amazing,” says Tyson.

Since then, the team has opened Surry Hills Italian joint Pellegrino 2000 (where Taylor Swift dined while in Australia for her Eras Tour) and Clam Bar in Sydney’s CBD, which opened last year to similar fanfare. Also recently, the team announced plans for their new Bridge Street project, Neptune’s Grotto, slated to open later this year. 

The news comes after a week of imminent restaurant closures, including iconic Sydney fine-diner Tetsuya’s and Kylie Kwong’s casual canteen, Lucky Kwong — both announcing they would be closing for good this winter.

It’s another loss for Sydney, but hopefully only in the short term. The Bistrot 916 team are confident in their hunt for a new venue to relocate the Parisian-inspired diner. “We close this chapter with a mix of pride and nostalgia,” says Clift in a statement.

“This is not the end, but a new beginning,” assures Pepperell. “We are excited about the possibilities and can’t wait to bring it back, better than ever.”

To book a table at Bistrot 916 before it closes, visit the Bistrot 916 website.

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