The Hurley Group has announced it is “proud to be” the first pub in the southern capital to collaborate with Autism SA, to host a Quiet Dinner at the Arkaba Hotel, in support of patrons on the spectrum.

Beginning Monday, 5 February, the event will take place on the first Monday of every month, running from 5–9pm.

The Quiet Dinner is in partnership with South Australia’s institution for people with ASD, Autism SA.

The initiative aims to create a peaceful and welcoming dining experience for customers who can find elevated levels of sound and activity distracting, even distressing.

It will be hosted in the Adelaide pub’s break-out function rooms, Fullarton and Florey.

Rooms will feature dimmed lighting, reduced sound levels, and no TVs.

There will also be a private bar for all food and drink orders, allowing customers to avoid navigating the ‘busyness’ of the main dining areas.

“We’re aware that 58 per cent of autistic individuals avoid going to pubs due to crowds and noise levels,” says Jenny Hurley.

“We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive space that understands all of our customers’ needs.”

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