Club Fontane | Sydney City List


Once upon a time, Sydney had a guerrilla restaurant scene. Pop-up restaurants were all the rage a few years ago, with places like Dan Hong’s Lotus 2.0, Pasi Petanan’s OG Cafe Paci in Darlinghurst and the super popular Alfio’s, Wilmer’s and Don Peppino’s by restaurant collective Full Circle which arise in the city for their respective too short periods.

Good news, friends, two of the Full Circle boys, Daniel Johnston and Harry Levy, are back with another effortlessly cool Italian restaurant: Club Fontana.

Johnston and Levy seem to have a knack for taking over Sydney’s institutions. Wilmer has taken over Wilbur’s Place in Potts Point, the 90s nightclub occupied by Don Peppino, The Grand Pacific Blue Room on Oxford Street, and Levy’s Porcine is now on the upper level of the former Micky’s Cafe space, above P&V Paddington . Now the duo are taking over the former excavations of Ron’s Upstairs in Redfern.

Sure, Club Fontana has big boots to fill in place of Ron and his awesome rotisserie and dinky 80s Thai restaurant decor, but we think if anyone can do it, these two can. .

In addition to their joint venture, Don Peppino’s, Johnston previously worked in the kitchens of Vini and Restaurant Hubert and, before Porcine, Levy was at ACME and Bar Brosé. So yes, they know what they are doing.

Club Fontana describes itself as a “good times restaurant”, “a place to quench your thirst”, “a place to de-stress” and “a great place for a kiss”. Other than that, hardened details are sparse at the moment, but damn it looks like fun.

Will it be a pop-up or a permanent feature? Are we talking about pasta, pizza or antipasti? We are not sure, sorry guys.

What we do know is that it opens next Wednesday, July 20. And reservations are now open, with evening service from Wednesday to Saturday, plus lunch on Saturday at this point. So why not book a table and find out the details first hand. Thrilling.

Don’t worry, though, we’ll update you with more details as we go.

The opening of Club Fontana is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Book a table here.

Image credit: Don Peppino’s


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