The Star’s Sokyo reopens as fine dining returns to Australia

The Star Sydney’s award-winning Japanese restaurant Sokyo has celebrated its opening since restrictions were eased with a special event.

Sokyo is the first high-end restaurant in Australia to open since the nationwide shutdown, with NSW the first state to wind back restrictions on indoor dining with a cap at 10 patrons.

Among the guests for the reopening event were Destination NSW CEO Steve Cox, Sydney City Councillor Christine Forster and former NRL player Beau Ryan.

“Stage one of the relaxation in restrictions is a small but significant step forward for the tourism and hospitality sector,” The Star CEO Matt Bekier told The Daily Telegraph.

“The industry has been decimated over the past couple of months and the pain will remain for some time to come.”

Bekier conceded the decision to reopen with a 10-person cap was not based on revenue.

“It’s a decision based on giving our customers the dining experiences they’ve been waiting so patiently to enjoy again,” he said.

“It’s also about standing people back up, getting some of them back to work, and preparing as a business for a full-scale reopening of all our properties when that opportunity arises.”