Melbourne chef Frank Camorra is closing his Spanish tapas restaurant, MoVida, in Sydney after four years.
The decision to close the Surry Hills restaurant comes after a deal to relocate to Martin Place in the CBD failed.
“Sadly when that plan fell through we were left with very few options,” Camorra said.
“So for that reason and with a heavy heart we have decided to regroup and concentrate on our Melbourne and international restaurants.”
Camorra will see out the end of the financial year, closing on June 29.
Camorra launched the MoVida phenomenon in Melbourne’s Hosier lane in 2003, going on the open two more cites, MoVida Next Door and MoVida Aqui in the city. He branched out to Sydney in 2012, and also has a Bali restaurant, as well as sites in Sydney and Melbourne airports.
“I’d personally like to thank all our wonderful customers who came to MoVida in Surry Hills, Sydney,” he said.
The Sydney airport operation is unaffected by the closure of the city restaurant.
Camorra’s decision to close MoVida comes just 24 hours after Neil Perry announced he would close his flagship fine diner, Rockpool, rebranding it as a cheaper and more casual restaurant.
Two weeks earlier, Mark Best announced he’d be closing his Surry Hills restaurant, Marque, at the end of the financial year.
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