Leading hospitality group Merivale is set to reopen its expansive hospitality portfolio with restaurants, bars and pubs welcoming up to 50 guests as part of the state’s easing of lockdown restrictions.

The move will reignite thousands of hospitality jobs across Sydney, as the group continues to throw its weight behind the reinvigoration of Australia’s hospitality industry. Reservations are now open via www.merivale.com/reopening

Speaking of the government’s phase two plan, Justin Hemmes, CEO of Merivale, said: “This is the best news we’ve had in months, and marks the real beginning to hospitality’s road to recovery. I would like to commend the government who not only acted swiftly to protect our country, but who are now also doing everything they can to help us safely reopen doors and rebuild the industry. Whilst we are still a little while away from operating all our venues at full capacity, the increase to 50 customers is a huge leap forward and one that will result in an exponential increase in employment”.

“Thank you, as always, to our incredible staff and loyal guests for their patience, support and unwavering optimism that things would get better. They finally have”.

Since COVID-19 restrictions were first introduced, Merivale has remained committed to delivering exceptional food and drink experiences to its guests, while trying to maintain a livelihood for as many employees and suppliers as possible.

During the lock-down period, the hospitality leader launched takeaway from a number its most-loved venues including Mr. Wong, Coogee Pavilion, Totti’s Bondi, Bar Totti’s, Jimmy’s Falafel, Lotus 2.0, and The Paddington / The Chicken Shop, and created ‘Just In’, Merivale’s own in-house delivery service run entirely by employees.

The group also launched Merivale at Home, an at-home dining service that delivers renowned chef-prepared almost-ready meals from several of its flagship venues, beverage packs including ready-to-enjoy cocktail creations, plus restaurant-quality fresh produce boxes – all straight to customers’ doors. All three new businesses will continue to operate as venues reopen for guests.

Merivale’s ‘Welcome Back’ timeline includes:

Open Now- Bar Totti’s, Coogee Pavilion (ground floor), Jimmy’s Falafel, Mr. Wong, The Paddington, The Allawah, Angel Hotel, Establishment Main Bar, The Grand, Hotel CBD, The Newport (Arms Bar only), The Royal Bondi, The Royal George, Tennyson Hotel, Totti’s, Vic on the Park, Wynyard Hotel, El Loco Excelsior, Felix.

Wednesday 3 June – The Beresford Hotel, Charlie Parker’s, Fred’s, Hotel Centennial, Lotus 2.0, mimi’s, Ms.G’s, Queen Chow Enmore, Una Mas

Thursday 4 June- The Collaroy, Bert’s, Little Felix, hemmesphere, Queen Chow Manly, sushi e

Friday 5 June – The Newport

All Merivale venue operations will be consistent with government mandated health and safety regulations, with the safety and comfort of its guests and staff paramount at all times. Additional venues and event spaces will open once the government moves into the third phase of its recovery plan.

Source: Merivale