In Red Tape by Clyde Mooney

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Redcape Hotel Group has won its battle to build a new hotel – its third in the western Sydney suburb of Eastwood.

Redcape (RHG) operates 28 pubs, including the top-performing Eastwood and Landmark Hotels, both in Eastwood.

The new $7 million premise, to be called the Red Lantern Hotel, will be built next door to the Eastwood and comprise a pub with gaming machines and Korean dumpling bar at ground level, with three levels of car parking above.

But the proposal was blocked by Ryde Council on the grounds of inadequate parking, and insufficient information on RHG’s gaming plan of management.

In May, RHG determined to take the matter to the NSW Land & Environment Court, and subsequently expanded upon its plan of management for the venue.

Superintendent Duncan from Ryde Local Area Command joined the Eastwood Korean Chamber of Commerce in condemning the proposal, claiming the area had a disproportionately high rate of alcohol-related crime.

But L&E Commissioner Susan O’Neill overturned Council’s objection to the new pub. She stated that Eastwood’s profile was not one of disadvantage, Ryde precinct’s density of liquor licences was relatively low, and RHG’s modifications to its plan of management voided Council’s claim it was inadequate.

While its corner cousin trades until at least 4am Monday through Saturday, the Red Lantern will close at midnight, and 10pm on Sundays.

Eastwood Hotel

Eastwood Hotel