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PUBLIC Has Acquired The Maybe Group in a Massive Shake-Up to the Sydney Hospo Scene

Expect Maybe Sammy's world-class approach to cocktails to arrive at venues like The Strand, The Norfolk and The Lady Hampshire.
By Ben Hansen
April 18, 2023
By Ben Hansen
April 18, 2023

One of Sydney's premier collections of venues, The Maybe Group, has just been acquired by its longtime collaborator PUBLIC. The hospitality group that currently oversees the likes of The Strand Hotel, Oxford House, The Lady Hampshire and its recent Maybe Group team-up El Primo Sanchez, will now also take control of award-winning venues including Maybe Sammy, Sammy Junior and Dean & Nancy on 22 in partnership with the current Maybe Group team.

You'll soon be able to sip cocktails from the Maybe team on The Strand Hotel's rooftop or in The Lady Hampshire's beer garden as part of the acquisition, with PUBLIC announcing it will be working to bring the bar group's world-class approach to martinis and margaritas to existing PUBLIC venues. You can also expect ambitious new spaces and projects that utilise the best of the two hospitality groups in the future.

"The success of El Primo Sanchez and the feeling of family within PUBLIC meant there was no question when it came to joining Jon and the team," said Maybe Group Owner and Co-Director Vince Lombardo. "We're feeling more inspired than ever with the exciting new concepts underway and we're looking forward to welcoming new guests into the next generation of hospitality with PUBLIC and The Maybe Group."

Before the acquisition was announced, the two accomplished crews had already been hard at work together, collaborating on the aforementioned El Primo Sanchez, as well as the currently-running Maybe Cocktail Festival that's brought bartenders from some of the world's best bars to Sydney for an eight-day cocktail extravaganza. PUBLIC is already planning to go bigger with the festival next year, teasing plans to bring it to Melbourne and Byron Bay.

The Strand Rooftop

Head to the PUBLIC website for more details on the group's venues.

Published on April 18, 2023 by Ben Hansen
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