Kylie Kwong, Australia’s best-loved modern Chinese chef and restaurateur, is closing her Sydney restaurant Billy Kwong and opening a new dining concept later this year.
Kylie says, “This year I turn 50 and to mark this milestone, Billy Kwong, as we know it will close so I can make way for an exciting new venture. I will be launching a completely new dining concept in my hometown of Sydney, which will celebrate my unwavering love of food, family and connection to the broader community at large. This new chapter will also facilitate the opportunity for me to further collaborate with inspiring partners both locally and abroad.”
After 19 years as chef and restaurateur of Billy Kwong, first on Crown Street, Surry Hills, then its current location on Macleay Street, Potts Point, Kylie has reflected on her future focus and priorities.
This new concept will allow Kylie the time and energy to concentrate more on projects aligned to the values Billy Kwong was built on; collaboration, celebration and community. This will also create the opportunity to commit to projects aligned with her passion for art and culture, such as Carriageworks, which she has been an ambassador for over the past four years.
Kylie has been a constant presence in her restaurant and this will continue. The new venture will also facilitate the freedom and time to be a greater part of the global dining community- to travel, mentor, and participate in creative endeavours.
The venture will be an entirely new dining concept- a bustling, casual eatery with a much smaller dining space. It will be the culmination of Kylie’s work and will distill her favourite parts of Billy Kwong into something exciting and new. The space will be a creative collaboration between Kylie and one of Australia’s most renowned designers and craftspeople, Adelaide-based Khai Liew. Kylie will continue and intensify the collaborations with local producers and communities that Billy Kwong has become renowned for.
“In the meantime, Billy Kwong is still very much open and we look forward to seeing all of our wonderful, supportive diners in the coming months,” says Kylie.
Many of Kylie’s beloved staff, including long-time manager Kin Chen, will remain working at Billy Kwong until close.
Billy Kwong will continue to operate until a new tenant is secured for the existing site. A new site is still to be confirmed. More details around the closing date of Billy Kwong and the opening of the new site will be released in the coming months.