Changing Times

UNIVERSAL LIFTS THE TEMPO IN TEMPE

The Kospetas family’s Universal Hotels has consolidated its broadened appeal with a multi-million-dollar renovation of suburban landmark the Tempe Hotel. A hotel was first established on the Princes Highway site in 1856, and the current two-storey brick building was constructed in the 1890s, holding a block of nearly 1,200sqm. Keeping an enviable collection of hotels

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HALL AND REILLY UNVEIL NEW-LOOK LOCAL FOR BALMAIN

Tommy Hall, in partnership with Irish icon Ray Reilly, has reopened the group’s vision for The Cricketers Balmain, welcoming the return of a ‘proper local’ to the precinct. The Cricketer’s Arms was established in 1872 and for many years served as host to the dockers and wharfies of Balmain and surrounds. Satisfying the goal – to

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FORMER SOLOTEL PROJECT REIMAGINED BY GASTROPUB PIONEER

South Bank’s latest Gastropub, The Rose & Crown, opened its doors to a hungry Brisbane populace at the end of February. The historic two-level Queenslander dates back to 1889 and has been a residence, police station, squatters’ den and most notably in recent history, Little Big House. The site that was to become Little Big

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ANOTHER ICON CLOSES IN THE WAKE OF ECONOMIC HARDSHIP

Another Melbourne venue is set to close this month despite unwavering support from locals. Iconic music venue the Bendigo Hotel, also known as ‘The Bendi’, has been at the heart of Melbourne’s metal scene for the last 14 years, hosting overseas acts as well as supporting up-and-coming artists. The beloved Melbourne venue turned to social

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LEWIS LAND BRING BACK THE BELVEDERE

Queensland’s renowned and historic Belvedere Hotel on picturesque Bramble Bay announces a grand reopening after a multimillion-dollar redevelopment “years in the planning”. Well positioned midway between the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, the Hotel has serviced travellers and the local community since 1901. It celebrates the Sunshine State’s outdoor lifestyle with sweeping water views and a

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