Singo's new venture to entice Sydneysiders to the area
This month a new culinary venture from chef Sean Connolly will open in the heart of Gosford. Owned by John Singleton and steered by Bells at Killcare owners Brian and Karina Barry, the Bon Pavilion will have a family-friendly steak and seafood restaurant Bonfire, an espresso bar, private dining and the Bon Bar, all under one roof.
Connolly’s menu will focus on ethically sourced produce and premium suppliers. One of Australia and New Zealand's most well-respected chefs, Sean Connolly already has six restaurants across the globe, including The Morrison in Sydney’s CBD and The Balcony Bar in Byron Bay.
Entrepreneur and Central Coast local John Singleton is hoping his Bon Pavilion will entice Sydneysiders to the area, just as other pavilions in Coogee, Manly and Balmoral have achieved success.
Singleton’s done it with other Central Coast developments, including hotels Bells at Killcare and Pretty Beach House. Last year he launched a sprawling bakehouse in the bush, Saddles at Mount White, just west of Gosford. (Last year Singleton also sold the Bondi Icebergs dining lease for $15 million.)
“It will be very Central Coast, with inspiration coming from the surrounding bush, rather than the beach,”
Connolly has handpicked his team, which is already at the venue preparing for the launch. “He’s sourced some incredible talent from Sydney. They’ve all worked with Sean in some capacity over the years,” says Barry.
While the interiors are still taking shape, the fit-out will include floor-to-ceiling windows and high-end furnishings, from leather sofas and marble surfaces to a striking statement staircase made from spotted gum. “It will be very Central Coast, with inspiration coming from the surrounding bush, rather than the beach,” says Barry.
“The colour scheme will be very much related to the bush, and the people who live in the area and spend time in the national parks will pick up on these tones straight away.”