Renowned Vietnamese-Australian chef secures CBD restaurant space for latest street food venture

Colliers International negotiates long-term lease at 222 Exhibition Street with Jerry Mai, of Pho Nom fame, for new restaurant Tonkin

Melbourne foodies will have a new go-to for their pho and rice paper rolls when renowned Vietnamese-Australian chef Jerry Mai opens her latest Vietnamese concept restaurant, Tonkin.

The face behind popular eateries Pho Nom (Collins Street and Emporium), and previously Gingerboy (Crossley Street) and Susie Wong (Windsor), is expanding her CBD footprint with her first full-line restaurant, committing to a lease at 222 Exhibition Street.

Colliers International’s Cam Taranto, Jarrod Herscu and Brigitte Doupe negotiated the long-term lease on behalf of LaSalle Investment Management.

“The address was home to Kuni’s Japanese Restaurant for eight years and was very successful,” Mr Taranto said.

“In the heart of Melbourne’s central-city entertainment precinct, opposite Her Majesty’s Theatre and next door to the Comedy Theatre, this retail space is in a prime location to take advantage of foot traffic.”

Mr Taranto said LaSalle Investment Management was undertaking a comprehensive upgrade of 222 Exhibition Street, which would include a significant repositioning of the existing retail offering.

“Tonkin is the first of an exciting new breed of retailers to commit to the building,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what Jerry does with the space – no doubt Tonkin will become another Melbourne favourite.”

Ms Mai took over the 250sqm tenancy on May 1.

Colliers International Melbourne CBD Retail Leasing Exhibition Street restaurant Vietnamese Jerry Mai Pho Nom Tonkin food drink

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