Melbourne’s hugely popular Thai restaurant, Chin Chin, is set to open in Sydney this year.

One of Melbourne’s most successful restaurants is headed north, and you can expect an all-star line-up . With a CV including Quay, Black by Ezard, Bistro Guillaume (Melbourne) and a decade as general manager of Guillaume at Bennelong, Craig Hemmings has been appointed general manager of Chin Chin Sydney.

Chris Matters, group general manager of operations at The Lucas Group, will be joining Hemmings in this Sydney venture. Working across all of the group’s venues, Matters will oversee the rollout, management and recruitment of Chin Chin Sydney.

Matters’ has over 20 years of hospitality experience which includes MG Garage, time at London’s River Café, Bodega and Porteno. Matters has worked senior management roles with Merivale, and QT Hotels and Resorts where he was Director of Food and Beverage.

If there is any team who can be trusted to open this famed Melbourne restaurant in Sydney, it’s these guys. Chin Chin Melbourne opened in mid-2011 and it’s still beset with hour-long queues. Locals and tourists can’t get enough of the bustling atmosphere and innovative Thai menu by star chef Benjamin Cooper.

Chin Chin Sydney, located in the Griffith Teas building, a 100-year-old heritage building on Goulburn Street, Surry Hills, is slated to open August 2017.


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