Neil Perry merger

Travel Bulletin - - FOOD & WINE TRAVEL -

QAN­TAS food and wine con­sul­tant Neil Perry has merged his Rock­pool Group of restau­rants and burger bars with Ur­ban Pur­veyor Group (UPG) to cre­ate The Rock­pool Din­ing Group. The $100 mil­lion deal has re­sulted in one Aus­tralia’s largest restau­rant col­lec­tions with 47 venues un­der one um­brella. UPG’S 32 venues, in­clud­ing Sake, Fratelli Fresh and the Bavar­ian Bier Café, have now joined Perry’s Rock­pool, Spice Tem­ple and Rosetta restau­rants plus his Burger Project stores. The amal­ga­ma­tion does not af­fect or in­clude Perry’s con­sul­tancy with Qan­tas or his flag­ship Syd­ney restau­rant 11 Bridge Street (pre­vi­ously Rock­pool 1989). “Af­ter al­most 30 years at the fore­front of Aus­tralia’s din­ing scene, this new part­ner­ship will give us the op­por­tu­nity to grow into one of the world’s largest, most recog­nised and most sus­tain­able hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses,” Perry an­nounced on his blog. “Our din­ing port­fo­lio has bloomed overnight to en­com­pass 15 in­cred­i­ble brands over 47 venues, and our fam­ily has grown from 1,000 to 3,000 – and count­ing”. Perry has taken on the role of Head of Culi­nary, his busi­ness part­ner Tr­ish Richards has joined the group’s fi­nance team while UPG’S CEO Tom Pash con­tin­ues as head of the new com­pany. Pash said the new hos­pi­tal­ity group would grow from 47 venues to 80 within the next year. The team is al­ready mulling open­ing its first over­seas restau­rant, with Perry not­ing he had wanted to open a restau­rant in Lon­don for a long time Within Aus­tralia there are plans in the pipeline for a Rock­pool Bar & Grill in Bris­bane, a new Rosetta at Grosvenor Place in Syd­ney as well as mul­ti­ple new lo­ca­tions for fast-ca­sual eater­ies: Burger Project, Fratelli Fa­mous and Sake Jr. Perry as­sured his cus­tomers that while there were “many ex­cit­ing changes on the hori­zon, the heart of what we do each and ev­ery day will not wa­ver”. “Rock­pool Din­ing Group will con­tinue to of­fer the same pro­gres­sive ap­proach to din­ing that we have forged,” he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.