Hotel general manager Jason Antczak said plans had been submitted to Vincent Council, transforming the ageing pub into a modern, welcoming space complementing successful sister site The Garden and attracting a more mature crowd.
Focus at this stage is on the interior, last updated in the 80s, becoming an indoor/outdoor area with kitchen and patron seating spilling into the street.
‘It’s going to have a deconstruction finish with lots of black and white tiles and brass ” everything will be exposed,’ Mr Antczak said. ‘We’ll have a DJ out the front playing really cool, funky tunes and people can come in with their bikes.’
He said the hotel had ‘copped a bit of flak’ in recent years for its boisterous young demographic and needed a new direction. ‘This will be great for the Leederville precinct. We want to be totally approachable ” at the moment we’re only getting 18 to 18-and-a-half-year-olds,’ he said.
‘Because of the anti-social behaviour in the area, we’ve been working really hard with liquor enforcement, the local community and City of Vincent to try and stop that.’
Mr Antczak said the new-look venue, planned for completion early next year, would offer a point of difference from The Garden, with a food concept such as Thai.
He said meals would be affordable, and spirits (unlike The Garden) available. The hotel master plan includes an outdoor area, with water features and cabanas.
‘My vision was always for the site to be an entertainment precinct in its own right’