Regent Place, 501 George St Sydney 2000
Yebisu has opened in Regent Place, George Street, just opposite Sydney Town Hall. Dubbed Sydney’s ‘J-Village’, the revitalised Regent Place and surrounding neighbourhood is home to a number of Japanese food and drink destinations.
Yebisu’s extensive menu covers yakitori and other grill items as well as classic hits such as sushi, sashimi, hot pots, noodles and fried dishes. Specialised chefs are assigned to each style of cooking with Yebisu’s yakitori master sending out signature dishes.
The Walrus Club
543 Coronation St, Toowong 4066
The Walrus Club can be found – with some difficulty – in the depths of the Regatta Hotel, offering a sensuous experience around rum.
The venue is a rabbit warren of intimate, interconnecting spaces, each with its own subtle identity based on rum and the 1920/30’s Temperance Movement (Prohibition). Comfortable leather lounge chairs, rough-sawn timber crates and cast iron-framed stools furnish the rooms accompanied by Art Nouveau lamps and candles. The bars themselves feature copper sheet with solid timber tops.
PJ’s Irish Pub
73 Church St, Parramatta 2150
(02) 9635 8811 or www.pjsparramatta.com.au
PJ’s has maintained tradition by keeping its Irish-style pub interior but has stayed contemporary through a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in mid-2012.Xcite Audio Visual were bought on board to supply a comprehensive and quality audio system, and turned to Jands. Xcite AV have installed a completely integrated system from the PA through to digital signage and DJ / performance rigs.
818/820 George St, Haymarket 2000
(02) 9217 6666 or www.mercuresydney.com.au
Sydney’s Central Station/Broadway area’ urban renewal program now includes the Mercure Sydney, which is about to unveil a multi-million dollar revamp. The four-star, George Street-located hotel is completing the final stages of a major renovation, with each of the hotel’s 517 rooms set to reveal a contemporary new look by Spring 2013.
Accommodation rooms feature a warm colour palette of purple and grey interiors with dark marble bench tops. The new rooms also feature new-look bathroom suites.
“The transformation of the hotel comes at a time when the Central Station area of Sydney is undergoing a remarkable renaissance,” says Hotel General Manager Greg Brady. “There is a remarkable energy in the area with new constructions such as the Frank Gehry building leading the way. There are new offices, restaurants and retail outlets opening all the time, and in the longer term, Central will once again become Sydney’s hub for a city tram service. The extensive refurbishment of the hotel is very well-timed.”
Guests can now try out the new rooms while also making great savings in the Accor ‘Stay 3 Pay 2’ promotion. Travellers simply need to book three consecutive nights before 25 June 2013 and stay before 30 June 2013 to enjoy the bonus night FOC.
Rozzi’s Italian Canteen
Highpoint Shopping Centre, 200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong 3032
Mim Design’s brief from Rozzi’s was to create an interior that reflected the menu and the modern authentic product used throughout. It was also important that Rozzi’s customers “lived” in the space and took ownership, making it their own kitchen. Timber floors combined with custom detailed concrete tiles work to anchor the venue. The bar, central to the interior, is clad in Atlantic blue granite which offsets the surrounding white glazed bricks and soft black joinery. A series of custom designed pendants, shaped from original Italian wine carafes and oil bottles, line the opening aperture of the venue creating a soft, glowing look. Rozzi’s is a clean and fresh approach to Nonna’s traditional kitchen.
Paustian Spinal 44 Swivel Chair from Pago Designs
Paustian Spinal 44 Swivel Chair with castors is related to the Paustian Spinal Table series and is designed by the Danish designer and architect Paul Leroy.
The Spinal 44 Swivel is available with or without arm and in both leather or fabric upholstery with plain or channel stitching, providing an excellent solution for a meeting, conference or dining room chair.
The Spinal 44 Swivel chair is also available with sled base, swivel base with or without castors, or as bar stool.
· Dimensions: (W) 440/600mm x (D) 530mm x Height 800mm
· Seat height: 460mm
· Upholstery: Available in Fabric or Leather
· Optional Arm Rest
· Warranty: 5 years
Helm Bar Surfers
30-34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise 4217
(07) 5538 9677 or www.helmbarsurfers.com.au
The Town Mouse
312 Drummond St, Carlton 3053
(03) 9347 3312 or thetownmouse.com.au
The Town Mouse offers food and drink in an historically prosperous restaurant location.
Chef Dave Verheul has hatched a menu that focusses on balance and texture. Owner Christian McCabe says the menu showcases an array of original and award-winning techniques. “The key aspect of the food is that it is gastronomic, yet humble enough to be eaten everyday which allows the venue to function equally as a local as well as a dining destination for special occasions or date night”.
McCabe, owner of the 2008 Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year, Matterhorn, has teamed up with sister Amber McCabe (previously Longrain) and Jay Comeskey (previously St Ali). The interiors by Allistar Cox were created for glamour and old-school charm and feature natural and hand-crafted materials.
“The design of The Town Mouse is an idealised portrayal of how we believe the everyday should be lived – just because something is nice doesn’t mean it should be saved for a special occasion. Being with friends and family is special enough,” says Christian McCabe.
The Discgo Charger
The Discgo is a charging system that is designed for cafes, restaurants, venues and bars that allows patrons to move within the venue while giving your phone a much-needed charge.
Discgo chargers can be placed in any environment, with a small rental fee from the venue on a monthly basis. The venue utilizes the DISCGO Charger as an add-on service to their customers to attract and retain their business.
“Competition is stiff and any opportunity we can give to differentiate ourselves from our competitors we’ll take,” says Paul Schulte of the Keystone Group. “We give them to our clientele because we know that while they’re recharging their phones with a Discgo charger they will be comfortable in our environment, and won’t look to move on to another one of twenty-odd bars and restaurants within the precincts we are situated.”