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Josh and Julie Niland Are Crossing the Bridge to Open 60-Seat Restaurant and Bar Petermen in St Leonards

Josh and Julie Niland are coming to the North Shore, opening their fifth venue February.
By Ben Hansen
November 18, 2022
By Ben Hansen
November 18, 2022

Josh and Julie Niland have had a busy few years. From opening a new Fish Butchery takeaway eatery in Waterloo, announcing they would be taking over The Grand National Hotel and moving Saint Peter into the space, and Josh being named in the world's top 100 best chefs, you'd be hard-pressed to find a busier hospitality couple in this country right now. Not satisfied with all of this, the world-renowned sustainable seafood duo have just announced a new restaurant Peterman, that's coming to Sydney's North Shore in 2023.

Set to swing open its doors on Chandos Street in St Leonards in February, Petermen will be a 60-seat restaurant and bar. The name is a nod to the Saint Peter ecosystem. The original Niland restaurant — one of Concrete Playground's 15 best Sydney restaurants — is named after the patron saint and former fisherman Saint Peter. This holy seafood enthusiast was then the inspiration behind fellow fishers being called Petermen in the 1400s.

Saint Peter

As with all Niland establishments, the menu will champion boundary-pushing and sustainability-focused growers and producers. While the menu hasn't been finalised yet, it will continue the trend of Saint Peter, Fish Butchery and Charcoal Fish, skewing heavily towards seafood partnered with fresh Australian vegetables.

This will mark Josh and Julie Niland's first venture west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, bringing the duo's collection of Sydney outposts to five. It's also now been revealed that their revamp of the Grand National Hotel — set to be called Saint Peter Hotel — is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2023.

The Nilands are hoping to open reservations for Petermen at the beginning of next year. We'll be sure to update you with more information on both Petermen and Saint Peter Hotel when it's announced.

If you're looking for an excuse to try Josh Niland's utterly inventive and flavoursome seafood creations, the chef is hosting a four-course whisky-paired feast at Saint Peter in December in collaboration with Talisker.

Josh Niland, Charcoal Fish

Petermen will open at 66 Chandos Street, St Leonards in February 2023 — we'll update you with an exact launch date when one is announced.

Top image: Rob Palmer.

Published on November 18, 2022 by Ben Hansen
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