57-YEAR BUILDER OPERATORS CALL LAST DRINKS

In Property by Clyde Mooney

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The baton has passed on a southern Sydney landmark pub, as its builders and six-decade operators “end an era”.

The Durkin family built the Jannali Inn in 1958, and have run it ever since. The building includes retail space and development potential on a generous block.

It has been bought by JDA Hotels’ John Feros – cousin to Chris Feros, owner of the Feros Group.

John told PubTIC he was “excited to be taking over the Jannali”.

With a strong history as a community hub, the Jannali Inn was family to more than the Durkins.

“The decision to sell was a significant one and it is indeed the end of an era in some respects,” said outgoing owner Carol Durkin.

“I shall miss the generosity of our customers and their willing hands and fund-raising when someone has fallen on hard times.”

The Jannali was marketed through JLL Hotels, and JLL director John Musca said it was a pleasure to have represented the family, which “owned the hotel for nearly 60 years and left such an indelible mark on the hotel industry”.

Speaking with PubTIC, CEO of the Feros Group Chris Feros, who just sold the Panania Hotel, revealed he will begin construction in August of a brand new pub in Kirrawee – just three kilometres away from his cousin’s new acquisition.

Chris said his business and JDA are independent of each other, but in this case they had chosen assets in the same area.

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