Home for decades to Hugos, David Thompson’s Darley Street Thai and pioneering Pulcinella, Sydney’s Bayswater Road has long been a barometer of the city’s hospitable health.
Now, six months after reviving the Bayswater Brasserie’s longtime home on the Strip as a Greek restaurant, Eros, restaurateur Ussi Moniz Da Silva is turning his sights to the sprawling World Bar site up the hill. “It will reopen in August with a new name, Kings Cross Pavilion,” said Moniz Da Silva.
As with Hugos Lounge across the road, The World Bar has been a victim of the era of lockdown laws. It closed in 2018 and subsequent attempts to restart were short-lived. The Cali Club had been in and out, and then it had a spell as an arts hub, Fringe HQ.
“The plan is to create a beach oasis, with pastels and light blue,” explains the restaurateur. “There will be a bar-restaurant at the front and a nightclub at the back.”
The nickname Kings Cross Pavilion is telling. Although the strip is technically Potts Point, it always seemed to be more of an extension of the cross.
Moniz Da Silva, who studied accounting before giving it up to start a nightclub events and concert touring business, has in recent years dabbled in restaurants. In addition to Eros, he operates Sinaloa, a Mexican restaurant, in Double Bay.
He also sunk $4 million inside Meu Jardim, a CBD restaurant with a waterfall and fire pit, which opened in February 2020. Despite continued lockdowns in the following years, the fine dining restaurant survived, although that he’s about to ditch his French menu for Japanese.
Meu Jardim will close mid-August for a quick renovation, reopening in early September with some “cherry blossom” inclusions to warm up the space.
“The Executive Chef of Sake [restaurant] starts with us next month,” says Moniz Da Silva. It will also be renamed, with Fuji currently leading the shortlist.