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Adelaide’s Newest City Restaurant Will Breathe New Life Into Old Chesser Cellars

A legendary location is making a comeback with a new name, a new vibe and a new offering (with a difference)…

It’s throwback Thursday… and we’re throwing it back to the days of the Chesser Cellars. After a fabulously successful 48 year run as one of the city’s best bars it shut its doors in 2012.

But now, with the help of Renew Adelaide and some undeniable passion from new owners Max Mason and Tess Footner, the legendary venue is making a comeback. With Max and Tess’ accumulative Adelaide hospo scene knowledge the bar has been set high for their new venture. The past few years has seen their involvement in hot spots like Africola, Chihuahua Bar, Penny’s Hill Cellar Door, Lola’s Pergola, Fear and Delight (Adelaide Fringe) and Bistro Dom. Wowzers.

The heavily heritage listed site left many potential Adelaide restaurant owners worried at the task of taking on this stunning building, but not these two! They’re embracing the beauty that lies in the unique venue which will return to the building’s original (and official) name Henry Austin.

Downstairs will be a wine lovers haven with a bottleshop boasting bottles upon bottles of local independently made vino. Count us in! This will be complimented by an Aussie style yum cha restaurant upstairs. Grab your favourite drop below, pay the corkage and enjoy with the tasty treats on offer with your meal.

Having the wait staff walking round with modern Australian cuisine plates will mean it’s all in the power of the sell. But let’s be fair, with Chef Shane Wilson (of Bistro Dom and Hentley Farm) back of house, we’ll probably buy it all anyway. One of each please! Actually… make it two.

There’s also rumoured to be some radical new afternoon options (we’re talking renting a bowl and coming back to have it refilled each lunchtime). They’re certainly shaking things up, and we’re ready to shake with them! Set to open mid-June we can’t wait for the big reveal.

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