Sunburnt Calf, MooLife Group’s Australian restaurants, closed after memorial Day Weekend. The Brooklyn and Upper West Side locations will make way for three new Australian venues slated to open this summer. Two MooLife Group employees, Tim Harris and Matilda Boland, will open Hawker Bar, Burke & Wills, and Manhattan Cricket Club.
MooLife Group Owner Heathe St. Clair decided to close her restaurants and let Harris and Boland “pass the torch to a new generation with a fresh perspective on Australian culture and cuisine,” she said in a press release.
Chef Stan Matusevish, the former corporate chef for MP Tavern and FishTag, is developing the menus for the three locations. Hawker Bar, which will open in Brooklyn, will take inspiration from open food markets in Southeast Asia. Items include sugarcane shrimp skewers, snails in black bean sauce, clay pot chicken, and more.
Burke & Wills is a modern Australian bistro set to open in July on the Upper West Side. The restaurant will feature seasonal dishes, a raw bar, and rotisserie options such as the rotisserie stuffed lamb leg. The bar will serve modern versions of classic cocktails and a selection of wines and seasonal craft beers.
Manhattan Cricket Club will open in September above Burke & Wills. The lounge will represent a modern twist on the historic cricket clubs found in London and Australia. Customers can pre-order their drinks and food and listen to live jazz singers.
It sounds like the three restaurants will offer a fresh taste of what modern Australian cuisine has to offer.