Early next year, the Sydney CBD will gain another stylish dining option when Restaurant Hubert opens on the ground floor at Investa Office Fund’s (“IOF”) commercial tower at 6 O’Connell Street, Sydney.

Successful hospitality operator, Swillhouse, which owns Baxter Inn, Shady Pines and Frankie’s Pizza has signed a ten-year lease for the 720 square metre space. Plans are underway to transform the existing space into a150-seat restaurant and bar which will have a sophisticated yet rustic interior, and a classic European feel.

Dan Pepperell from 10 William Street will head up the kitchen, and Swillhouse’s Anton Forte will manage the bar. The restaurant will be managed by an experienced team from Swillhouse, including Jason Scott, Stefan Forte, Toby Hilton and Anthony Moore, formerly of Monopole and Bentley.

As there is limited restaurant space of this size and nature available in the CBD, this new lease represents a very exciting opportunity for Swillhouse and IOF. In the heart of the business district, the area is already a well-known dining destination, with several notable restaurants in close proximity, including Chophouse, Spice Temple, Rockpool and Matsuya.

Kiran Bhana, General Manager, 6 O’Connell Street, Investa said: “We are delighted to welcome Restaurant Hubert and look forward to enhancing the amenity we provide at the building. This is the first of many initiatives we are undertaking to create value by repositioning the retail offering - underpinning the attractiveness of the asset to office users over the long term.”

Jason Scott of Swillhouse said: “We are very much looking forward to mixing the undeniable talent of Dan's cooking with our ideas of how much fun dining should be, combined with such a unique space in the CBD.”

Leasing agents, Craig Hibbard and Scott Harris of Property Partnership Australia completed the retail lease.Restaurant Hubert is scheduled to open in January 2016 and will be located in the basement and Mezzanine floors, which was formerly the Chinese Restaurant.