414 Bourke Street might be bidding a sad farewell to Colin Fassnidge's hatted restaurant 4Fourteen, but we're banking on plenty more culinary goodness to come, with Jessi Singh confirmed as the venue's next high-profile tenant. The Surry Hills space will be reborn as "inauthentic Indian" eatery Don't Tell Aunty, which is slated to open its doors in early October.
For the uninitiated, Singh is the master of modern Indian fare who, along with wife and business partner Jennifer Singh, gifted Melbourne with culinary hits Dhaba at the Mill, Horn Please and Babu Ji. He has spent the last few years stateside, first launching Babu Ji NYC, and most recently opening Bibi Ji wine bar and bottle shop in California, in collaboration with world-renowned wine guy Rajat Parr.
Don't Tell Aunty marks Singh's first foray into the Sydney food scene, and is a slight departure from his usual approach. Fun, non-traditional Indian fare is still the game plan, though here, it'll be served alongside a playful cocktail list, heavy on gin and mezcal, and a thoughtful wine list, all headed up by Parr.
"I'm really excited to be joining the dynamic and vibrant Sydney hospitality scene," said Singh. "It's been a longtime dream. Let the good times roll!"
Colin Fassnidge's 4Fourteen, which has been on the market since the start of the year, will close its doors on Saturday, August 25.
Don't Tell Aunty is slated to open at 414 Bourke St, Surry Hills in early October.