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New-Look Annandale Hotel Pushes Music Out Of Spotlight

Written by Nastassia Baroni on July 10, 2014

Sydney’s famed Annandale Hotel has been undergoing a revival of sorts under its new owner the Oscars Hotels Group, with their focus now turning on refurbishing the beloved live-music venue’s foodie credentials.

As theMusic.com.au reports, Oscars Hotels have assured the renovated Annandale will “continue to pay homage” to its live music roots but the new designs have been focussing on refurbishing the hotel’s food-and-beverage services.

Architect and designer Elaine Richardson has overseen the installation of of a large courtyard and bistro to cater for all-day dining as well as a casual coffee bar. The new owners say they will honour the venue’s live music heritage with the inclusion of a room with an intimate stage for local and international singer-songwriters to perform.

According to the rebooted venue’s new Facebook Page the Annandale will soon be announcing upcoming live gigs. The venue says they will stage live music most Friday, Saturday and Sundays but will move away from hosting big name rock acts and instead will keep a “local music focus”.

The Annandale was purchased by the Oscars Hotels Group in May last year after going into receivership, following owners Matt and Dan Rule‘s financial travails, which stemmed from legal disputes with the local Leichhardt Council.

Donors who supported the venue’s previous Buy A Brick and Save The Annandale campaign, will be honoured by the placing of plaques purchased within the venue’s interior design as “a constant reminder of a commitment to keeping the iconic hotel alive”.

Additionally, the new-look Annandale is said to feature a signature cocktail menu, wines, boutique and craft beers and a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu crafted by executive chef John Rankin, formally of Chinatown’s Waitan.

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