In Openings by Clyde Mooney

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ARK Group has unveiled its huge new pub Market Grounds in Perth’s Kings Square, ready to capitalise on the future potential in the Perth City Link precinct.

The big Market Grounds is located on the site of the former Perth markets at the corner of William and Wellington Streets, which operated from 1897 until 1973, when it was replaced with a bus terminal.

Perth Markets, c.1930

These days it is mid-way in the 200-metre walk between Perth Arena and the bus and train transport hubs.

ARK Group is owned and operated by the Kapinkoff family, and now headed by second-generation, Adam Kapinkoff.

The Group’s portfolio already counts the Generous Squire, Squire’s Fortune and Durty Nelly’s in Perth, and The Duke in Carramar.

Thirty-five years’ experience in the local hospitality game led the family to build the large-format pub despite the State’s economic transition from mining, their faith in the future of hospitality in the area underpinning hopes for the Market Grounds’ to inject some new life into the precinct.

The 780-seat Hotel incorporates a cocktail bar, restaurant, and sprawling beer garden, under the management of Lee Behan.

After a very prominent build, the much-awaited hotel quietly opened Tuesday night, followed by a more vibrant launch party last night (7 December).

“It was fantastic, we had a lot of fun,” says group marketing manager Kate McGuinness. “We enjoyed some good canapes and meals, it was a great night.”