Coming Soon: Olympus Is Surry Hills' New Greek Garden Diner From the Team Behind Potts Point's The Apollo

The latest addition to Jonathan Barthelmess' restaurant portfolio will bring the hospitality of a Greek village to a major new hospo hub.
Maxim Boon
Published on July 10, 2024

Since opening his up-market Greek diner The Apollo in a smart corner premises on Potts Point's Macleay Street back in 2012, Jonathan Barthelmess' empire has not only gone interstate but international, with a second Sydney eatery, two venues in Brisbane and The Apollo's sister restaurant in Tokyo.

Now, Barthelmess and his team are turning their attention back to the Harbour City, with a new Greek concept set to open in Surry Hills later this year — his sixth venue.

The Apollo, Potts Point. Image: Nikki To

Olympus will be a 200-seat garden restaurant in the dining precinct of the mammoth Surry Hills Village development nearing completion on Cleveland and Baptist Streets. It will offer an airy contrast to The Apollo's intimate, candle-lit vibes while serving a similarly modern-Hellenic menu inspired by Barthelmess' recent visits to Greece.

Long-time collaborator and award-winning interiors maven George Livissianis will be overseeing the look of the new space. In addition to delivering the sleek, sophisticated design of The Apollo, he is also responsible for the minimalist yet colourful decor of Barthelmess's Japanese diner Yoko Dining in Brisbane.

Surry Hills Village

Barthelmess is not the only restaurateur laying claim to a share of this enticing new dining destination. House Made Hospitality, who are preparing to open four new venues in the $60-million renovation of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth in the CBD, are also set to deliver three eateries on Wunderlich Lane — the name of Surry Hills Village's hospitality hub. The development will also feature The Eve, a 102-key boutique hotel, as well as high-end retail outlets and more than 100 apartments.

The Surry Hills Village development has been under construction since 2021 on the former site of the Surry Hills Shopping Village (aka 'murder mall', so named after an urban myth about a fictional slaying). It is due to open in November 2024.

Surry Hills Village

Find Olympus on 2 Baptist Street, Surry Hills, from November 2024. Head to the venue's website for future updates.

Top image: Nikki To

Published on July 10, 2024 by Maxim Boon
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