After 19 years, beloved Billy Kwong is to close

One of Australia’s most loved restaurants, Kylie Kwong’s temple to Chinese food, Billy Kwong, is to close.

Kwong has confirmed the beloved venue, relocated in recent years to Potts Point from its long-time home in Surry Hills, will give way to a new, smaller concept restaurant that will launch later this year.

“This year I turn 50 and to mark this milestone Billy Kwong as we know it will close so I can make way for an exciting new venture,” Kwong said in a statement.

“I will be launching a completely new dining concept in my hometown of Sydney, which will celebrate my unwavering love of food, family and connection to the broader community at large. This new chapter will also facilitate the opportunity for me to further collaborate with inspiring partners both locally and abroad.”

 Kwong says that after 19 years with Billy Kwong, the move will allow her time to focus her time and energy on projects “aligned to the values Billy Kwong was built on; collaboration, celebration and community”. It will also create the opportunity to commit to projects aligned with her passion for art and culture, such as Carriageworks, which she has been an ambassador for over the past four years.

The venture is planned to be an entirely new dining concept, a “bustling, casual eatery with a much smaller dining space”.

The space will be a creative collaboration between Kwong and one of Australia’s most renowned designers and craftspeople, Adelaide-based Khai Liew.

“In the meantime, Billy Kwong is still very much open and we look forward to seeing all of our wonderful, supportive diners in the coming months,” says Kylie.

Billy Kwong has been one of Australia’s most-praised restaurants and a leader in innovation, including introducing an organic and ethical ethos into the kitchen.

Many current staff, including long-time manager Kin Chen, will remain working at Billy Kwong until close.

A closure date has not been announced and Kwong says she is currently searching for a new site for the smaller new venue.