Flinders Lane Institution Ezard Has Permanently Closed Its Doors After 20 Years
It's not all bad news, though — acclaimed chef Teage Ezard has new restaurants (yes, plural) in the works.
Since 1999, Teage Ezard's eponymous fine diner has lived on Flinders Lane. But now it is no more, with Ezard this week announcing the permanent closure of the CBD spot.
Together with Ezard's other more casual restaurant Gingerboy — and much of Melbourne's hospitality scene — Ezard temporarily closed in late March due to COVID-19 restrictions. That closure was switched to a more long-term decision on Thursday, June 4, when the acclaimed chef announced on social media that the restaurant would not be reopening.
"Today we announce the end of an era," Ezard said in the post. "As we work towards exciting new beginnings, we have decided to close Ezard restaurants."
Ezard's Yarra Valley restaurant, Ezard at Levantine Hill, has also shut up shop, with the winery announcing it will be offering 'an exciting new wine and food offer' when it reopens to the public on June 25, 2020.
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A message from Teage and our Ezard Family: Today we announce the end of an era, as we work towards exciting new beginnings, we have decided to close Ezard restaurants. For many months, we have been evaluating, reshaping and planning for exciting new projects to come in 2021. As a company, we’re exploring casual dining and experiential ventures and are excited to bring our Ezard family along for this new chapter. We have had a fantastic 20 years on Flinders Lane and I am very grateful for the experiences I have had and when I reflect back I feel very proud and honoured to have served so many happy people. Hospitality is my life! I would like to thank every single gifted person who I have had the pleasure to work with at Ezard – our loyal customers, the producers and my family; Ezard has been a truly my special place and for this I am eternally grateful.
As for Ezard, he says new projects (yes, plural) are in the works for 2021. "For many months, we have been evaluating, reshaping and planning for exciting new projects to come in 2021. As a company, we're exploring casual dining and experiential ventures," Ezard said.
The chef's hawker-style CBD spot Gingerboy remains open and continues to be takeaway-only for the time being. Both pick up and delivery are available at present, with the restaurant offering its dumplings, curries and bottled Korean barbecue sauce to-go.
Ezard is now closed. We'll let you know when more information about Teage Ezard's new ventures are announced.
Published on June 08, 2020 by Samantha Teague