Iconic Sydney restaurant goes into administration

One of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants and late-night hangouts in Chinatown has become the latest victim to the state’s strict Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Golden Century Seafood Restaurant on Sussex Street in the Chinatown district has gone into administration after serving Sydneysiders for 31 years.

Frequented by politicians and anyone looking for a delicious and authentic Chinese food experience, the eatery was famed for its wall-to-wall crab and lobster tanks.

The restaurant has appointed Chifley Advisory as administrators with a creditors meeting set to take place on August 27.

The famous Golden Century restaurant on Sussex St in Haymarket has gone into administration. Picture: Toby ZernaSource:News Corp Australia

Speaking to news.com.au, liquidator Desmond Teng from Chifley Advisory said the restaurant went into administration on August 17 after being unable to “negotiate a new lease agreement”.

“Rather burn losses, they went into voluntary administration,” he said.

“The majority of creditors will be paid out and once that’s done the company has a restart and will freeze trade to give them some breathing space.

“Perhaps the landlord will talk about terms, or perhaps the owners will move to a new premises altogether. But the good news is they will be back.”

The famous Golden Century restaurant has gone into voluntary administration. Picture: Toby ZernaSource:News Corp Australia

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, business manager Billy Wong said uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic and current lockdown restrictions also played on the decision to enter voluntary administration

“We’re not yet prepared to commit to a long-term lease in these uncertain times so if the landlord can’t agree then we will have to move out of the premises,” he said.

“The talks at the moment are related to the lease renewal at Sussex St so our other venues, The Century (at The Star) and XOPP (at Darling Square) will continue as usual.”

Golden Century attracted famous faces.Source:Supplied

Golden Century Seafood Restaurant has been open for 31 years.Source:Supplied

Sydney’s tourism and hospitality industry has been hammered by the latest lockdown restrictions across the Great Sydney region, with restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars brought to their knees under the harsh lockdown restrictions.

It has been reported previously that the current NSW lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus have cost the economy at least $17 billion over the past two months, with the Greater Sydney lockdown alone costing about $1 billion a week.

Social media users were quick to voice their devastation over the announcement, with some saying the decision was like hearing about a “death in the family”.

Hearing about the closure of #GoldenCentury is like a death in the family. The last time I celebrated my birthday in Sydney we went & had the XO pippies in honour of Anthony Bourdain. They’ve saved countless at 3am from hangover with a late night dinner. RIP.

Devastating. Just walking past the place makes me smile. To me, as much a Sydney institution as any other for what it represents – the immigrant story, a buzzing component of a part a city that actually buzzes and needs more of it, a part of our multicultural identity.

Please tell me this is a joke????
Noooooooo

End of era. 😪

Some of the best meals with the best people of my life have been at #GoldenCentury 🥲 Vale you delicious angel. https://t.co/akVA6k2FuW

The Wongs moved to Sydney from Hong Kong in 1989 and built the first Golden Century at 405 Sussex St before upgrading to their current site.

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