Merivale buys The Alexandria Hotel (Sydney)

Merivale have picked up another historic inner-west venue, saving it from certain destruction as it was primed to become yet another residential block before development proposals were denied. The venue in question is the heritage-listed Alexandria Hotel, a local hero that inspired a huge campaign from supporters when it was picked up by developers last year. Now in the hands of the Sydney’s hospitality juggernaut, “The Alex” will be preserved as a local drink and dine institution with a bit of extra flair from Merivale’s current winning streak (which includes the nearby Queen Victoria Hotel in Enmore, which is still yet to be officially opened).

“Institutions like this must be preserved”, said Merivale’s Head Honcho Justin Hemmes. “They reflect our history and help shape our culture – especially when they mean as much to their local community as The Alex does.”

Seeing that it was the locals who ultimately saved this pub and played a big part in getting redevelopment plans shelved, Merivale are seeking to tap into the undoubtedly rich well of creativity in the area. The group are calling on locals to contribute design ideas for the expansive courtyard, with a select few then working closely with Hemmes and architect Kelvin Ho to develop the final concept.

“This hotel has and will always be Alexandria’s pub so I want the community to help create the next stage in its vibrant life”, says Hemmes. “Where you’re an artist or architect, a sculptor or builder, if you’re passionate about design and creating amazing spaces, we want to hear from you”. Budding creatives can register their interested HERE.

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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy-Editor-At-Large of the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.

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