But nobody panic: it's set to throw them open again in November. ARIA co-owners Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon have today announced their decision to close their two Chef's Hat restaurant for a 10-week renovation, beginning Sunday August 21.
"When we opened ARIA just before the Sydney Olympics, we made sure we had a design that was contemporary, cutting edge and would last. Bruce and I both feel now is the right time for a new look ARIA," Moran says. He's enlisted top interior architect George Livissianis (the guy behind the fitouts of Cho Cho San, Billy Kwong and Apollo) to create ARIA's new look, with a brief that includes incorporating the work of Australian artists and ceramicists.
The menu will be getting something of a makeover as well, with an extensive new grill section and a renewed focus. But they're not shifting to a more casual experience the way that so many Sydney restaurants recently have. "We won't be moving away from fine dining at all," Moran says. "If anything, we'll be upping the ante." ARIA is currently slated to reopen in early November.