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Balmoral's Historic Bathers' Pavilion Will Reopen Next Month with a New Terrace Champagne Bar

The almost century-old venue is getting a new look and a new star team.
By Libby Curran
September 09, 2019
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Balmoral's Historic Bathers' Pavilion Will Reopen Next Month with a New Terrace Champagne Bar

The almost century-old venue is getting a new look and a new star team.
By Libby Curran
September 09, 2019
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With a history that trips back almost a century, the heritage-listed Balmoral Bathers' Pavilion is pretty hallowed turf. So, it's only fitting the historic waterside venue has an impressive cast of Sydney hospitality and design gurus overseeing its next phase of life. The art deco beauty is set to reopen next month after an extensive ten-week makeover, with some new and old hospitality elite at the helm.

The new-look beachside venue is slated to open on October 4 sporting a fancy fit-out by award-winning design studio Luchetti Krelle, whose works you'll have spied at the likes of Manly Greenhouse, Verandah Bar, Banksii and the Sydney Opera House lobby. Word is, there'll also be a luxe terrace champagne bar, primed for summer sessions overlooking the ocean.

Serge Dansereau, Jess Mead, Cam Fairbairn and Cameron Johnston by Steven Woodburn

Front-of-house star Cam Fairbairn has jumped on board to head up the service side of things, filling a void we've all been feeling since the closure of Rushcutters Bay favourite Acme earlier this year. In the kitchen, four years on from a previous stint at Bathers' Pavilion, Cameron Johnston (St Claude's, Jonah's) makes his return, stepping into the role of head chef of the venue's fine dining restaurant. Head Pastry Chef Kumiko Endo joins the gang, with stints at Attica, Tetsuya, Fujisaki under his belt, while Jess Mead (Acme, Kingdom of Rice) takes on the task of restaurant manager.

Owner-Chef Serge Dansereau has overseen the Bathers' Pavilion site for the past twenty years and confirmed earlier this year that he's been granted a new lease for the next two decades.

Bathers' Pavilion will reopen at 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral on Friday, October 4.

Top image: WikiCommons

Published on September 09, 2019 by Libby Curran

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