Fonda Mexican Windsor
144 Chapel St, Windsor 3181
(03) 9521 2660 or fondamexican.com.au
A run-down heritage showroom in Windsor has become the home of the second restaurant under the banner of local taquería Fonda Mexican. The shell of the building was discovered during demolition, and the design was built around highlighting the pre-existing features. This included the cathedral ceiling and trusses, stained glass windows and other period ornamentation. A new insertion conceptualises the kitchen at a more vernacular scale, and is surrounded with custom Techné-designed elements including rope-strung benches that reflect traditional Mexican crafts, and pendant lights based around Acapulco chairs.
The Terrace Hotel
237 St Georges Terrace Perth 6000
(08) 9214 4444 or www.terracehotelperth.com.au
Perth’s Terrace Hotel has been listed as a finalist in this year’s West Australian Heritage Awards. Established over 20 years ago, the awards are a showcase for excellence in revitalising properties in the State Register of Heritage Places – identifying both innovation and best practice standards.
Opened in November 2012, the luxury property has 15 suites, a restaurant with a garden terrace, dining, bar, wine cellar and three private function rooms. “It is such a beautiful property it caught the eye of famed entrepreneur Lord McAlpine, who saved it from demolition in the early 1980’s,” says General Manager, Michael Collins.
“Our projection is always to pay respect to this landmark building’s heritage whilst ensuring it presents to our guests the very best in 21st-century accommodation and services.”
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Marine Terrace, Fremantle 6160
(08) 9432 4000 or www.esplanadehotelfremantle.com.au
Primewest has appointed Rydges Hotels and Resorts to manage the 300-room Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. It is one of Western Australia’s major conference, corporate and leisure hotels.
Changes set to take place over a period of time will include the introduction of Rydges Dream Beds throughout the hotel, a significant upgrade of Wi-Fi services and a renewed focus on the hotel’s food and beverage offering – a strong foundation in any Rydges hotel.
Sidon Street, South Bank QLD 4101
(07) 3020 0600 or stokehousebrisbane.com.au
Stokehouse is one of five finalists from around the world for Best New Restaurant by the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2013! Designed by Queensland-based architecture and interior design firm, Arkhefield, the restaurant is the only Australian restaurant to be a finalist in this category.
Completed in November 2011 and located in the River Quay precinct at South Bank, also designed by Arkhefield, the restaurant seeks to embody an experience and expression unique to Queensland. The design personifies the relaxed elegance of the original St Kilda restaurant in Melbourne whilst creating its own atmosphere in a sub-tropical setting.
“We are thrilled to see Stokehouse and Brisbane leading the way for Australian
restaurants globally,” says Arkhefield Associate Interior Designer Angela Layton. “But most of all, we are delighted with how Stokehouse has been embraced by the community and become something that everyone can be proud of. The real outcome is that it shows off the best of Brisbane and gets people excited to share the city they live in.”
Arkhefield Principal Andrew Gutteridge says, “Clients and the public are more and more understanding and appreciating Queensland design and they want to, and will, see more of it as the state continues to grow. Arkhefield are committed to making every project contribute to the public realm of the city and the people that
live in it, and Stokehouse is testament to this.”
168 Edward St, Brisbane QLD
Every self-consciously upmarket commercial centre aims to have one: a standout precinct of luxe retailers. Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Ferragamo, Gucci… the list is as familiar as it is exclusive.
Brisbane’s Edward Street plays host to a deluxe conga line of prestige marques, including an interloper, a homegrown Australian success story: Mitchell Ogilvie.
Actually, ‘interloper’ is the wrong word. Mitchell Ogilvie can almost single handedly take credit for the gentrification of the Edward Street shopping strip. Some 30 years ago he put his name above the door of a men’s outfitter, making a name for himself, and attracting others in the Birdcage set along the way.
Crown Casino, Southbank, Melbourne
Upscale casinos are a haven for primo retail. And like 24-carat limpets, you’ll always find upmarket stores selling fancy undies and expensive jewellery. I’ll allow you to draw your own conclusions about why they’re such a good ‘fit’, but so it is with Crown Casino and LK Jewellery.
Water @ Pier One
Hickson Rd, Sydney 2000
(02) 8298 9999 or www.sebelpierone.com.au
To celebrate the opening of The Sebel Pier One Sydney’s new conference centre Water @ Pier One, the hotel has unveiled a ‘Business with Class’ promotion which will see one lucky winner and a guest jet off with Etihad Airways in the award-winning luxury of Pearl Business Class to the destination of their dreams.
To enter the Business with Class promotion, conference, event and meeting organisers need to simply book a residential conference in the hotel’s new conference centre, Water @ Pier One between 1 January and 31 July 2013, spend more than $5000 and book 10 room nights or more, to go into the draw to win two Pearl Business Class return tickets to anywhere in the world on the Etihad Airways network.
The higher the dollar spend, the more entries into the draw the conference booker receives. Spend $10,000-$19,999 and gain 2 entries into the draw; $20,000-$29,999 and receive 4 entries. For those that spend over $50,000, a maximum of 10 entries will be entered into the draw. See this website for more details.
Ayers Rock Resort – Sails in the Desert Hotel
1300 134 044 or http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/sails/
Check out the images from Chada’s new refurbishment of Voyages’ Sails in the Desert Hotel. Chada has been nominated for the Hotel Designer of the Year award at the inaugural Hotel Design Symposium in Sydney.
Andrew Hill, Chief Operating Officer – Hotels and Entertainment at Crown Perth, says:
“Neil Perry needs no introduction; this restaurant, designed by Grant Cheyne, is softer and more relaxed than its Sydney and Melbourne sisters. It features a large, light and spacious dining room with central open kitchen and signature, wood fired grill, custom designed furniture and lighting, and views into the impressive wine cellar and meat ageing room.”
Keep your eye on VENUE for more from Crown Perth.
VENUE will be featuring an interview with Andrew Hill, F&B director at Crown Perth, in the next issue. But just for you, we will preview some images of the new venues opening at Crown Perth online.
Modo Mio showcases modern Italian cuisine with Milanese Chef Giampaolo Maffini leading the team. Architect Michael Fiebrich from Michael Fiebrich Design has created a relaxed and stylish interior that might just transport guests to Italy. Michael’s designs match the drama, theatre and fun of Giampaolo Maffini’s culinary creations.
Stay tuned to VENUE for more from Crown Perth.