Landmark to go upmarket

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.