Downtown Chicago-inspired pub to launch in Sydney

17 July, 2019 by
Hospitality Magazine

Chicago-style boutique pub Union Place Hotel will open its doors in Jannali, Sydney in late July.

The Italian-American inspired hotel will throwback to ‘The Godfather’ era, featuring a modern American sports bar and bistro with an alfresco dining terrace. Al Capone will be front-of-mind for guests seated inside, with booths set against a backdrop of industrial exposed brick, walnut and brass elements.

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The menu will fuse pub classics with culinary staples emblematic of Downtown Chicago’s ‘red-sauce’ Italian-American dining scene. Think ten varieties of 18-inch pizzas, including the puttanesca with tomato base, fresh mozzarella, anchovy, marinated artichokes and capers. Burgers and sandwiches are also on the cards, including ‘The Godfather’ featuring an all beef patty, provolone, mozzarella, roasted bell peppers, fresh pesto and mayonnaise.

The kitchen team will be led by head chef, Kirsten Baker (Nonna Grazia Guida, Vic on Park).

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Pale ales, American beer and premium wine, spirits, whiskies and cocktails are set to appear on the drinks list.

JDA Hotels, owned and operated by the local publican Feros family, is behind the development and brings a 40-year legacy in the hospitality industry.

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“We’re very excited for Union Place Hotel to be our first foray into the hotel industry in the Sutherland Shire area,” says John Feros, CEO of JDA Hotels. “We are looking forward to bringing a vibrant space to the local community, a place where they can enjoy the sleek, modern bar and bistro areas, experience the premium sports bar facilities and also relax with a meal on the outdoor terrace.”

Award-winning hospitality architect Paul Kelly Design is behind the design. Indoor plants cascading from walls, ceilings and behind behind booths will soften the industrial, exposed metal fit-out, while custom blue-stained timber panelling and brass halo lighting will frame the centre-piece bar.

The leafy terrace will be shaded by large white umbrellas with the alfresco lounge space home to vibrant décor and bold patterns. At night the area will be lit up with fairy lights.