Shannon Bennett’s ex-Benny Burger restaurant for lease

The former Benny Burger restaurant at 95 Swan Street, Richmond.

The Richmond terrace occupied since 2017 by celebrity chef Shannon Bennett’s Benny Burger is for lease.

The restaurant chain went into liquidation and closed last October with debts, including to the Australian Taxation Office, of close to $170,000.

CBRE Victorian retail leasing’s Jason Orenbuch, Zelman Ainsworth and Tan Thach are now seeking an occupier for 95 Swan Street, about two kilometres east of the Melbourne CBD.

Walking distance to the city’s sports precinct, the 203 square metre space underwent a swank renovation ahead of Benny Burgers moving in.

Three years ago the shop was occupied as a Diana Ferrari factory outlet.

Celebrity chefs keeping on moving on

News of the 95 Swan Street lease comes in the same week three inner Melbourne restaurants until recently tenanted by George Calombaris found new occupiers.

Mr Calombaris’ Made Establishments entered voluntary administration nearly two weeks ago.

KordaMentha’s Craig Shepard and Leanne Chesser have now filled Made’s former Hellenic Republic restaurant in Lygon Street, Brunswick East and Church Street, Brighton.

Vita Ristorante in Kew will also be reopened following a lease assignment.

Earlier this month Crown Casino ordered Heston Blumenthal’s vacate his high end Southbank eatery, Dinner by Heston, which went into voluntary administration last year.

Last year, Woodland House shut its doors after four years.

The eatery occupied the historic William Street, Prahran, building shortly after the owner, Jacques Reymond, closed his eponymous restaurant there.

Mr Reymond sold the property last November to a buyer intending to convert it back to a dwelling.

Shannon Bennett keeping real estate sales agents busy

In 2017, Shannon Bennett and then wife, actress Madeleine West, sold their former family home at 38 Cromwell Road, South Yarra, for $10 million.

Last year the pair sold a glamorous Lorne beach house for more than $4 million

Mr Bennett and Ms West paid $16 million for a five bedroom Toorak house in 2017.

Shannon Bennett co-owns Vue Group, which established Burnham Bakery and the Piggery Cafe at the historic Burnham Beeches estate in Sherbrooke, and the city’s Vue De Monde and Lui Bar.

The contemporary fit out has been largely stripped since Benny Burger moved out late last year.
Benny Burger opened at 95 Swan Street, Richmond, in 2017.
The kitchen at 95 Swan Street, Richmond.
The restaurant is near the historic four level Dimmey’s clock tower and globe.

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Marc Pallisco

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