It seems since moving into Enmore with the Queens Hotel, Justin Hemmes and his hospitality empire have furthered their interest in Sydney’s inner-west. Now Merivale have added another local icon to their expansive portfolio, buying up Marrickville’s beating heart: Vic on the Park.
This brings plenty of potential to Merivale’s love of constant big-ticket events seeing as The Vic has been the site of many inner-west happenings, from outdoor gigs and record fairs to film festivals and sporting events.
“The Vic has long been at the heart of Marrickville, a vibrant community hub where people of all ages and walks of life can come together”, said Hemmes. “We have loved being part of the Inner West since opening Queens last year and can’t wait to take on what is undoubtedly an important and cherished venue in the area”.
While on concrete plans have been announced for The Vic so far, Merivale will officially take over the multi-level pub on 13th November while the venue will continue to trade as normal in the foreseeable future, albeit with a bigger focus on food. Plans will be presented to the local community in the coming months.
The acquisition follows another recent Merivale coup, with Northern Beaches institution The Collaroy becoming part of the group back in August. That one will be reopening after an extensive refurbishment during Summer of this year.
Meanwhile, Merivale have their hands busy prepping pop-up American-style Italian diner Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco, in collaboration with Sydney’s beloved chef duo of Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman (Pinbone), shaped into Mascot local The Tennyson Hotel later this month for six weeks.