Familiar Faces & Fresh Flavours As Bar Copains Team Sets Up For Two New Venues

Drink, Eat, Sydney / 21 March 2024

Albion Street gets a double dose of delicious!

For Sydney’s food scene, Surry Hills’ Albion Street holds a special charm. Bustling with established favourites and exciting newcomers, it’s a place where culinary trends ebb and flow. Soon, this vibrant strip will welcome two new residents: Bessie’s restaurant, and Alma bar, from the team behind the award-winning Bar Copains.

For those who’ve enjoyed Bar Copains’ focus on French-inspired fare, Bessie’s will take a delightful detour. Here, the Mediterranean takes centre stage, with a menu that draws inspiration from the sun-drenched shores. Expect dishes that are both familiar and exciting, showcasing the region’s vibrant flavours.

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Leading the kitchen will be the talented Remy Davis. Returning home from his post at the Michelin-starred Elkano in San Sebastian, Davis brings a wealth of experience and a passion for open-fire cooking. Diners can look forward to dishes that celebrate fresh, seasonal produce, imbued with the smoky magic of charcoal or wood fire.

But Bessie’s isn’t just about the food. The name itself holds a special significance. It’s a tribute to Morgan McGlone, one-half of the Bar Copains duo, and his grandmother. This heartfelt touch reflects the warmth and sense of community the owners hope to foster at Bessie’s.

Speaking of community, the building itself has a rich history within Sydney’s hospitality scene. Previously home to the iconic Chefs’ Warehouse, the space holds a nostalgic allure for many industry veterans. The new occupants, however, aren’t aiming for a simple revival.

Instead, they’re creating a fresh and inviting space for a new generation of diners. The bones of the building, as co-owner Nathan Sasi says, are amazing, and the respect for its history is evident. But there’s also a focus on evolution, ensuring Bessie’s feels contemporary and welcoming.

This commitment to a new chapter extends to the soon-to-be-unveiled sibling venue next door – Alma’s Bar. Here, the spotlight will be on classic cocktails, expertly crafted without the theatrics. Expect a stylish yet approachable space, perfect for a relaxed drink with friends or a pre-dinner tipple.

The arrival of Bessie’s and Alma’s in late 2024 marks a new chapter for Albion Street. With a focus on warmth, approachability, and delicious food, Bessie’s promises to be a welcome addition to Sydney’s ever-evolving dining landscape, with Alma’s bar providing the perfect complement for a memorable evening out.

Bessie’s and Alma’s are slated to open in September 2024 at 111-115 Albion Street, Surry Hills.

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