Frisco Hotel, Woolloomooloo, relaunches

06 December, 2016 by

Woolloomooloo’s Frisco Hotel has relaunched after a refurbishment. One of Sydney’s oldest pubs, Frisco was closed for 12 weeks to accommodate the renovations.

The venue is now also under new management after owner Adam Micola, a Woolloomooloo resident, left behind a career in property economics to start building a hospitality portfolio.

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Head chef David Park, recipient of numerous hats from Gault et Millau, has created bar snacks and share plates that showcase fresh seafood and paddock-to-plate produce. Dishes include mini lobster rolls with celery, lemon mayo and chives; tempura fish tacos with avocado, pickled ginger and nam jim sauce in a lettuce cup; and grilled miso salmon with shiitake and enoki mushrooms and chef’s signature miso sauce. A dessert platter of matcha crme brulee, sticky date pudding, and Belgian chocolate mousse fondue is also featured.

Alongside a wine list curated by consultant Gabrielle Webster, winner of Wine List of the Year for Love Tilly Devine, the Frisco’s cocktail menu includes several rum-based drinks in keeping with the venue’s nautical theme. ‘Smoking Guns’ combines Zapaca rum, Aztec chocolate bitters, and raw sugar, served in a jar filled with hickory smoke, opened and self-poured over ice, while ‘Sailor’s Mistress’ features Tanqueray gin, St Germain elderflower, apple juice and elderflower syrup, sprayed with absinthe and garnished with an apple fan.

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The new interior pays homage to the location’s navy legacy with a fit out by interior architects Alexander & Co., specialists in heritage refurbishment. The site has been completely renovated with exposed brick, wall tiling, leather banquettes, solid wooden floors, an all-new ground floor communal bar, and nautical accents.

The venue has staggered its opening, with the exclusive first floor bar area, and north-facing balcony with CBD and water views currently open for business. Also currently open on the next floor up are seven freshly renovated pub-style hotel rooms.

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The ground floor will feature a new layout with a public bar, pressed tin bar top, large communal tables, hammed glass bulk heads and bespoke feature walls painted by well-known mural artist 8footwalls.

The relaunched 140-seat Frisco Hotel is open Monday to Saturday 10am–12pm and Sunday 10am–10pm.