The Bondi institution Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has closed its doors until September. The clifftop Italian restaurant of legendary restaurateur Maurice Terzini had its last service on Sunday, May 8, before closing to undergo extensive renovations over the winter.
The renovation will be undertaken in conjunction with Roman architectural firm Lazzarini Pickering, who oversaw the original design of Icebergs – whose sleek palette matches the ocean views beyond the windows – two years ago. decades. Not only will the public spaces be upgraded, but, according to an Instagram post by head chef Alex Prichard, the 20-year-old kitchen will also get a zhoosh.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar opened in 2002 under Terzini, who had made a name for himself with new wave Italian restaurants in Melbourne before moving to Sydney and opening Otto of Woolloomooloo, which he sold before opening Icebergs. Since then, the restaurant and bar has become a mainstay of Sydney’s foodie scene, attracting locals and international visitors alike to its remarkable dining room, built into the Bondi Cliffs above the Icebergs Pool. Terzini continued to make his mark on the city’s culinary, fashion and art scenes, launching popular restaurants such as Cicciabella, litter-free bar Re and clothing line Ten Pieces.
“I was [lucky] enough to have taken the first meal on December 14, 2002… and last night a very emotional last meal from the engine room [at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar] …see you all of September,” Terzini posted on Instagram about the shutdown.
The Icebergs dining room and bar are now closed and are expected to reopen in September 2022.