The families of restaurateurs Jim Kospetas (The Civic, 1821) and Steve Anastasiou (China Doll, China Lane) have combined forces to bring a new, trendy Greek restaurant to Pitt Street, the former location of Jamie’s Italian restaurant.
Announced by goodfood.com.au, the “young blood” of the next generation will drive the restaurant, named M.I.M as an acronym for ‘Made in Mykonos’. M.I.M by 1821 will open on July 1.
The site enjoyed long-term success from the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group (Australia) Pty Ltd, until it collapsed in 2018. Brisbane-based Hallmark Group eventually took over, yet the COVID-19 pandemic proved to be the final straw as the troubled restaurant went into liquidation again.
“We think it’s a great spot, and while they are looking at redeveloping the building we have at least 12 months [on the lease] guaranteed. But it could be years,” says Kospetas.
“We want to bring the life, the energy, the food of Mykonos.”
The Kospetas family opened ‘The Mill’ in the Eastern Suburbs late 2020, providing a more premium option for the area, while still maintaining a relaxed social setting.