Ex-Rockpool Chef Opens Seasonal Focused Pop-Up In Marrickville

Eat, Sydney / 18 March 2024

Rockpool’s ex-maestro is trading in theatrics for fresh, seasonal produce.

Sydney’s dining scene is about to get a delicious injection of talent with the news that Corey Costelloe, formerly the Culinary Director at Rockpool Bar & Grill, is opening a new venture in Marrickville.

Costelloe, a familiar name to those who appreciate high-quality, seasonal cuisine, is stepping away from the world of large restaurant groups to focus on a more intimate project. Partnering with David Allison, owner of the revered Stix organic farm and the now-closed Stix Cafe, Costelloe will be taking over the Chapel Street cafe space for a six-month pop-up.
This isn’t just about a change of scenery though. Costelloe is looking forward to getting back to his culinary roots. Expect a menu that celebrates fresh, seasonal produce, with a focus on simple, well-executed dishes. Stix Farm’s vegetables will take centre stage, offering diners a chance to experience the vibrant flavours grown using sustainable practices.

Corey Costelloe Rockpool Chef

But it wouldn’t be a Costelloe creation without a nod to his time at Rockpool. Meat lovers can look forward to a selection of cuts, with a whole David Blackmore Wagyu already secured for the opening. The focus will be on showcasing the quality of the ingredients, with Costelloe planning to utilize a wood fire to add another layer of depth to the flavours.

The atmosphere is set to be relaxed and welcoming, a place where you can enjoy a beautiful glass of wine and a satisfying meal with friends or family. The team is still finalising the details, but the location’s industrial-chic interior will likely be given a refresh to reflect the focus on fresh, seasonal produce.

While the pop-up is initially planned for six months, Costelloe and Allison are open to extending the stay if it proves popular with diners. After all, both chefs are eager to get back into the kitchen and share their passion for good food with the Marrickville community.

Whether you’re a long-time admirer of Costelloe’s work or simply looking for a new neighbourhood gem, this pop-up promises to be a delicious addition to Sydney’s culinary landscape. Keep an eye out for further details and the official opening date – it’s sure to be a reservation frenzy.

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