Bodhi restaurant to close after 34 years in Sydney: Here’s how to book before it shuts

Shock as one of Australia’s most popular restaurants announces its closing after 34 years – here’s the date it shuts its doors for good

  • Sydney’s Bodhi restaurant announced it will be shutting its door after 34 years
  • The family-owned Chinese vegan eatery will have its last service on August 7
  • Owner Heaven Leigh broke the bad news in a post to Bodhi’s social media
  • She made the decision to close while the business was strong to end on a high
  • Bodhi has been a favorite among foodies for decades and visited by big names
  • There are a few bookings left before Bodhi closes but they are filling up quickly

One of the country’s most popular restaurants has shocked thousands by announcing its closure after 34 years.

Sydney’s Bodhi Restaurant is one of the city’s most loved eateries and will have its last service on Saturday August, 7 so diners will need to be quick if they want to book one last meal under the famous fairy-lit trees.

The family-run Bodhi has been loved by diners from all over the country for its plant-based southern Chinese food and has been visited by big names over the years including Keanu Reeves, Tobey Maguire and Hugo Weaving.

One of Sydney's most popular restaurants Bodhi shocked foodies by announcing it will be closing its doors after 34 years as thousands rush to book before service ends

One of Sydney’s most popular restaurants Bodhi shocked foodies by announcing it will be closing its doors after 34 years as thousands rush to book before service ends

Bodhi Restaurant is one of the city's most loved eateries and will have its last service on Saturday August, 7 so diners better be quick if they want to book as there aren't many slots left

Bodhi Restaurant is one of the city’s most loved eateries and will have its last service on Saturday August, 7 so diners better be quick if they want to book as there aren’t many slots left

The family-run Bodhi has been loved by diners from all over the country for its plant-based southern Chinese food and visited by big names including Keanu Reeves and Tobey Maguire

The family-run Bodhi has been loved by diners from all over the country for its plant-based southern Chinese food and visited by big names including Keanu Reeves and Tobey Maguire

Owner Heaven Leigh took to social media to inform Bodhi’s many fans they only have two weeks left to visit before the doors close.

‘We have made the decision to close while the business is still strong so that we could end on a high. We are incredibly proud to have been a part of the vegan community for so many years and grateful to have been supported by customers old and new,’ she wrote in an Instagram post.

‘It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the community by sharing our passion for vegan food. We maintain our belief that plant-based is good for your health, your soul, your conscience, and the world around us.’

Owner Heaven Leigh took to social media to inform Bodhi's many fans they only have two weeks to visit before the doors close

Owner Heaven Leigh took to social media to inform Bodhi’s many fans they only have two weeks to visit before the doors close

'We have made the decision to close while the business is still strong so that we could end on a high,' she wrote in an Instagram post

‘We have made the decision to close while the business is still strong so that we could end on a high,’ she wrote in an Instagram post

Heaven Leigh said it won’t be the last Sydneysiders see the last of Bodhi and encouraged followers to keep up to date with news, updates, lifestyle content and vegan recipes on social media.

The post attracted an outpouring and support from hundreds of foodies sad to see Bodhi go.

‘So sad!!! I always try to go to Bodhi whenever we travel to Sydney and your place is the only option for vegan yum cha that I know of!’ one said.

‘Had my first date with my husband at Bodhi (and held our engagement party here). sooo sad about this news,’ wrote another.

Heaven Leigh's mother Lee-Leng Whong opened the vegan eatery in Chinatown in 1988 long before plant-based food was popular

Heaven Leigh’s mother Lee-Leng Whong opened the vegan eatery in Chinatown in 1988 long before plant-based food was popular

There are still a few spaces left to book for lunch or dinner on the Bodhi website before it closes for good but you better be quick as they're filling up fast

There are still a few spaces left to book for lunch or dinner on the Bodhi website before it closes for good but you better be quick as they’re filling up fast

Heaven Leigh’s mother Lee-Leng Whong opened the vegan eatery in Chinatown in 1988 long before plant-based food was popular.

In 1998, Bodhi moved to Hay Street where it launched its vegan yum cha which quickly became a fan-favorite among diners.

Two years later Bodhi set up at its current location in Cook and Phillip Park where guests could enjoy the leafy surrounds and walls of bamboo trees while they dined on the menu of food that has delighted both vegan and non-vegans alike since.

There are still a few spaces left to book for lunch or dinner on the Bodhi website before it closes for good but you better be quick as they’re filling up fast.

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