Vincent councillors agreed the new design would help improve the site, tainted by anti-social behaviour of some of its young patrons, as well as the suburb at large.
At last week’s council meeting, hotel general manager Jason Antczak said the $3-$4 million enhancement would ensure a change of patron demographic.
‘We no longer want to cater for 18-to-20-year-olds,’ he said.
‘It will be a vibrant amenity for the local community and patrons from afar.’
The plan will transform the 118-year-old hotel into a modern space with a focus on food and wine and cater for a more sophisticated crowd.
The interior, last updated in the 80s, will become an indoor/outdoor area with kitchen and seating spilling onto the street.
‘This is a step in the right direction to attract a more rounded clientele,’ Cr Matt Buckels said.
There were some initial concerns about plans for a new awning along Newcastle Street, however designs have been amended to comply with Vincent’s policy.
Debbie Saunders of Leederville’s Greens & Co caf� said she was worried about a potential loss of heritage.
‘The changes will take away that whole facade,’ she said.
A report to council says the works would not adversely affect the cultural heritage of the building.
Cr Josh Topelberg said the current awning was in disrepair and welcomed a new one.
Mr Antczak told the Express in September the new-look venue, planned for completion early next year, would offer a point of difference from next-door sister venue The Garden, as it would have a food theme and serve spirits.
The master plan includes an outdoor area with water features and cabanas.