Celebrity chef Justin Quek's restaurant Sky on 57 to close on June 4

Chef Justin Quek at his restaurant Sky on 57 at Marina Bay Sands. The restaurant will close on June 4.
Chef Justin Quek at his restaurant Sky on 57 at Marina Bay Sands. The restaurant will close on June 4. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Modern Asian restaurant Sky on 57 and Flight Bar & Lounge in Marina Bay Sands (MBS), which are helmed by home-grown celebrity chef Justin Quek, will close on June 4.

Its last day of operations for lunch, dinner and bar services is on June 3.

The fine-dining restaurant and bar, which are perched on the 57th storey of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, will be replaced by Lavo, an Italian restaurant-bar-night club.

The opening date of the multi-concept space, which has outposts in New York and Las Vegas, has yet to be confirmed.

The interior of Sky On 57. PHOTO: JOHN HENG

When contacted, chef Quek, 55 says: "It has been a good seven-year run. The restaurant and bar are doing well with a unique dining concept and location. I have grown attached to this space, but I need to respect the management's decision to remodel it."

He adds that "plans with MBS are in the pipeline" and will be announced at a later date.

In a statement, an MBS spokesman says that the closure of Sky on 57 and Flight Bar & Lounge is part of its "commitment to renew and refresh our offerings".

The spokesman says: "We are in discussions with chef Justin Quek regarding other opportunities in MBS and thank him warmly for his contributions to our dining scene over the years."

Lavo is brought here by restaurant and nightlife company, Tao Group.

Sky on 57, which opened in June 2010, is the only restaurant led by a Singaporean celebrity chef. There are nine other celebrity restaurants in MBS, including the one-Michelin-starred Waku Ghin by chef Tetsuya Wakuda and Bread Street Kitchen by chef Gordon Ramsay.

Sky on 57 is not the first celebrity restaurant in MBS to close. The eponymous French restaurant Guy Savoy shut down in February 2014 and Santi by the late Spanish chef Santi Santamaria closed in 2013.