End of a Golden Century as Covid picks off another iconic Sydney restaurant

The iconic Golden Century Seafood Restaurant has gone into administration following the ongoing effects of Sydney’s lockdown.

Opened in 1989 by Hong Kong ex-pats Eric and Linda Wong, the restaurant became the place to eat for politicians, celebrities and other chefs and restauranteurs.

Administrator Chifley Advisory said the restaurant was caught between a slump in patrons and an ongoing lease disagreement.

“Golden Century owners have exhausted all options to negotiate a commercial agreement for rent reduction,” administrator Desmond Teng said.

“And secondly the business hasn’t been trading at full capacity for a long time now [due to COVID-19] and they were technically making losses.”

The Wongs also own The Century at The Star and XOPP at Darling Square, but these remain unaffected.

Chef Neil Perry told Good Food it was “one of Sydney’s really important restaurant institutions”.

“Losing it would be like throwing out your favourite pair of sneakers,” he said.