Martin Benn and Vicki Wild recently announced that they will depart the critically acclaimed three-hat Sepia restaurant ahead of a move to Melbourne next year to join restaurateur Chris Lucas.
“The journey we started eight years ago will be coming to an end on 31 December 2017,” Benn and Wild said in a statement.
“We want to thank our longtime partner and friend, George Costi, for his support over the years which has allowed us to follow our dreams and achieve so much at Sepia. George will be retiring and will not be renewing the lease at Sussex Street, nor entering into the new Melbourne venture with us.
“Together, we will bring our Sepia story to an end on what, we hope, will be an appropriate finale worthy of such a great restaurant.”
Benn and Wild have plans to open a restaurant in the Melbourne CBD sometime in 2018 with Lucas, who is founder and CEO of The Lucas Group and has created a string of celebrated restaurants such as Chin Chin, Hawker Hall, Kong, Baby and The Botanical.
“Martin and Vicki are not only special talents but also humble and hardworking people whom I’ve enjoyed getting to know,” Lucas said.
“With such a global profile, they could have easily headed overseas with huge offers from Hong Kong, New York or London, but I’m proud to say that they will be making Melbourne their home. Together we hope we can create—without compromise—something truly special.”