2 minutes with Sunny Lusted
Occupation: Restaurateur and General Manager
Restaurant: The Bridge Room
How long has The Bridge Room been open?
6 years. Coincidentally our opening night was on my 40th birthday.
Tell us about your background, how did you come to own and run a restaurant?
I was a hotelier for more than 20 years, developing, opening and managing luxury boutique hotels and resorts around the globe. I have always had a great passion for dining and when Ross and I travelled we spent all of our time exploring the food culture of each destination. We have been so blessed to live in so many different regions of the world and this has certainly given us a unique perspective on food, dining and hospitality and its importance in these communities. Ross has been a chef/restaurateur for 30 years so it felt like a natural progression for us to return home to Sydney, to one of the most vibrant food destinations in the world, to open our own restaurant.
Describe the dining experience at The Bridge Room?
The Bridge Room is located in a gorgeous low-rise art deco building on Bridge Street, an intimate Sydney restaurant where Ross Lusted cooks some of the most original food in Australia. Manager Yann Dumonnet and Head Sommelier Benoit Jackman, lead an extraordinary front of house team who dedicate themselves to true hospitality each and every day. There is an understated elegance in the dining room, a deeply considered space. Felt placemats and handmade ceramics designed by Ross Lusted, solid oak tables, Deer chairs and a sculptural felt wall, a nod to the former wool merchants who housed the building in the 1930’s alongside artworks by Sydney artists Leanne Thomas, Jade Oakley and Tracey Deep.
Advice for someone wanting to open their own restaurant?
Find a site you love and know the location will sustain your concept.
Collaborate with a great business partner.
Know that you can continually evolve.
Cultivate your team.
Where do you eat in Sydney on your days off?
Fred’s, Firedoor and St Peter.
Tell us about your event with the team from Fleet for NSW's Good Food Month on 10 Oct?
This is an exciting collaboration. We absolutely love what Josh and Astrid have done for dining in Regional NSW with their Brunswick restaurant Fleet and it is an absolute honour to be able to work together with them on such a special event for Good Food Month. This dinner is all about NSW producers - Ross and Josh are creating a menu that talks to the very heart of what makes embracing local produce so important.
You can follow the team at The Bridge Room on Instagram @thebridgeroom