Last week, word came that it was the end of the line for the Sunburnt Calf, a duo of Aussie-themed bars with one on the Upper West Side and the other in Brooklyn. Fans of Down Under shouldn't be too upset, as we hear that owner Heathe St. Clair is passing the keys to longtime employees Tim Harris and Matilda Boland, who will change the concept but still plan to look toward Australia for inspiration. The ground floor of the Upper West side venue will become Burke & Wills, an Australian bistro opening in July while the upstairs of that address will become the Manhattan Cricket Club, a speakeasy-style bar with cocktails by Greg Seider opening in September.
The Brooklyn outpost will become Hawker Bar, a Southeast Asian eatery which will feature skewers fired in the courtyard on a charcoal grill. If you do want to stop by for one last boozy visit to the Cow, they final brunch service is scheduled for May 27.