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Bon Pavilion Is the Central Coast's Massive New Restaurant, Bar and Cellar Door

The Gosford hospitality precinct is a collaboration between Australian entrepreneur John Singleton and celebrity executive chef Sean Connolly.
By Marissa Ciampi
March 23, 2019
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Bon Pavilion Is the Central Coast's Massive New Restaurant, Bar and Cellar Door

The Gosford hospitality precinct is a collaboration between Australian entrepreneur John Singleton and celebrity executive chef Sean Connolly.
By Marissa Ciampi
March 23, 2019
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The Central Coast is set to gain a massive new hospitality precinct thanks to Australian entrepreneur extraordinaire John Singleton. He's done much to develop the high-end hospitality scene on the Central Coast, with his ventures include the award-winning Pretty Beach House and Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel.

Next to receive the Singleton treatment is Gosford's 14-storey Bonython Tower — a luxury waterfront mixed-use building at Point Frederick, in which Singleton will open a new six-in-one venue offering. The Bon Pavilion is slated to open mid-April.

Longtime hospitality partners Brian and Karina Barry (Pokolbin Hunter Valley Resort) will get in on the action, having also joined Singleton on Bells at Killcare, Pretty Beach House and the Bluetongue Brewery. In the kitchen is celebrity executive chef Sean Connolly, who is best known locally as the man behind The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, but also operates highly lauded venues in Byron Bay, Auckland, Adelaide and Dubai. Connolly is all about ethically sourced produce and simple food done well, which will of course be on display across Bon Pavilion's many offerings.

And we mean many. The enormous pavilion is split between six 'zones', each with a distinct offering. First up there's Bonfire, the venue's main dining room, which'll open for lunch and dinner — think freshly shucked oysters, seasonal fish and premium cuts of steak, plus an extensive wine list with a strong focus on Hunter Valley drops.

For even more wine, head to the Bon Vin cellar door, which'll offer up premium wines from around the globe — including Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and South America — with bottles ranging from $38 to a whopping $750. Then there's Bon Bar, open from midday until midnight, and slinging Australian and international craft beer on tap, a wide range of spirits and seasonal cocktails, plus late-night bar snacks.

For more casual fare, Bon Bon Espresso offers breakfast and lunch, along with a selection signature cocktails and house wines — a clear theme across the board. There's also separate private dining and function rooms for booking.

Speaking of a many hats, Connolly is also the space's creative director and will be responsible for the fit-out, alongside design practice Alexander & Co. The firm's resume boasts The Imperial Erskineville, Park House, Stanton & Co and The Sheaf, along with The Morrison and Connolly's venues in Dubai and Adelaide.

The Bon Pavilion will open mid-April at 159 Mann Street, Gosford. Keep an eye on this space for updates closer to opening.

Images: Jacs Powell Photography.

Published on March 23, 2019 by Marissa Ciampi

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