Matt Moran Is Reopening the Legendary Abercrombie Hotel

The old home of Purple Sneakers could become Sydney's new highfalutin gastropub.
Tom Clift
Published on May 11, 2016

Sydney mega-restaurateur and MasterChef hanger-on Matt Moran is taking over ownership of the Abercrombie Hotel. Located on the corner of Abercrombie Street and Broadway, the iconic Chippendale venue, officially known as The Australian Hotel, was renowned for its sticky floors and raucous club nights, but ceased operation in 2014. A resurrection has been on the cards for a while now, with Moran's company Solotel Hospitality Group inking the deal this week. Just don't expect the return of S.A.S.H. or Purple Sneakers.

"Our refurbishment of The Australian Hotel will see the pub restored to its original art-deco glory including its rear courtyard beer garden," said Solotel co-owner Bruce Solomon. "Solotel will deliver a contemporary expression within the original heritage character of the pub reminiscent of this bygone era whilst ensuring its seamless integration into the broader Central Park precinct."

In addition to the main building, Moran and Solomon have acquired the three adjacent terrace houses facing Abercrombie Street, with an eye to opening a European-style wine bar. With work on final Central Park plans still ongoing, however, neither venue is expected to begin trading before 2018.

Moran is but the latest in a string of high-profile chefs to dip his toes into the publican game this year. Iceberg's Maurice Terzini recently took over The Dolphin in Surry Hills, while Guillaume Brahimi is revamping the dining room at Paddington's The Four in Hand.

Published on May 11, 2016 by Tom Clift
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