Pub baron Justin Hemmes reveals his plans to save Sydney’s beleaguered nightlife after 16 weeks in lockdown
Billionaire pub baron Justin Hemmes has revealed his plans to save Sydney’s troubled nightlife.
Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph this week, the 49-year-old revealed he has conquered six new locations ahead of the city’s latest 16-week lockdown.
The businessman will soon open Rozelle’s 3 Weeds pub after a revamp, along with The Alex in Alexandria.
Plans: Billionaire pub baron Justin Hemmes, 49, (pictured) has ‘revealed plans to save Sydney’s nightlife’ and revitalize the city during a conversation with The Sunday Telegraph this week
“During the lockdown, we have maintained all our construction work,” he said. ‘We will soon have three, no, four new locations.
“Actually there’s more, we’ve been supercharged for about a month now.”
Hemmes, owner of The Ivy, also plans to bring dancing back to the city.
Empire building: “During the lockdown, we kept all our construction work going,” he said. “We’ll have three, no, four new locations soon.” Pictured: outside the Ivy district
“Just before our last lockdown, the clubs were in full swing and I had never seen so much joy in dancing,” he said.
“I think there will be a huge revival on dance floors,” he added. Dancing is tribal. It’s innate in our DNA makeup.”
Hemmes’ acquisition isn’t just in town, he also recently bought iconic Byron Bay dive bar Cheeky Monkey’s for $13.5 million.
Changes: “I think there will be a huge upswing on the dance floors,” he added. Dancing is tribal. It’s innate in our DNA makeup,” Justin said. Pictured Totti’s restaurant in Bondi (pictured)
According to The Sydney Morning Herald in August, Justin wants to bring “a piece of Bondi to Byron Bay” by opening a branch of his popular Italian restaurant Totti’s.
The popular establishment is expected to launch in 2022.
‘We are investigating a number of restaurant concepts for the Jonson Street building. Plans will be announced in due course,” said a Merivale spokesperson against the publication of the potential plans.
Hot spot! Justin bought legendary dive bar Cheeky Monkey’s in May for at least $13.5 million
Justin’s family fortune is worth about $1.06 billion.
His property portfolio includes the Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills, the Queen Victoria Hotel in Enmore and Bondi’s Royal Hotel.
Justin also recently bought his ex-partner Kate Fowler a $7.5 million mansion in Dover Heights, one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs.
Fortune: Justin’s Family Empire Is Believed To Be Worth About $1.06 Billion