Hartsyard is owned and operated by husband/wife team Gregory Llewellyn, a native New Yorker, and Naomi Hart, a Sydney local. They first met on the Upper East Side in early 2007. Theirs is a typical New York hospitality story. He was the chef. She was the hostess.
Fast forward 5 years to 2012 and, with the help of architect/designer friend Ashley Couch, Gregory’s restaurant dream was realised. That dream was Hartsyard. True to their history, the kitchen remained Gregory’s domain, while Naomi ran Front of House. These days those duties are juggled with the needs of raising three small children (Quinn, Edie and Kit) and their other ‘child’, a bar further up Enmore road called The Gretz.
Yet the focus at Hartsyard remains: Cooking with heart, from nose-to-tail and leaf-to-root. Sydney diners have welcomed Gregory’s fresh approach to the dishes of his homeland, balanced with a reverence for the humble vegetable.
No man is an island and no restaurant is either. Hartsyard exists within a community, both geographically and philosophically. This means banding together each year with a motley collection of fellow Newtown restaurateurs to form the Newtown Locals for the annual Newtown Festival, the profits of which are donated to the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. It means Gregory fulfilling a role as an ambassador for Oz Harvest, the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia. We have always believed in giving back and made a commitment to do so from the day we opened.
An inner-city homestead built for comfort and conversation.
We hope you enjoy.