AVC to reopen Sarah Sands

An impression of the completed Sarah Sands.

Australian Venue Co intends to reopen Brunswick’s Sarah Sands Hotel in May.

The c1854 venue at the north west corner of Sydney and Brunswick roads been closed for four years.

Since the mid-1990s, the property was a Bridie O’Reilly’s.

Peregrine Projects acquired it for $6 million in 2015 and has this year been replacing the airspace with apartments.

A former beer garden exposed to Black St is making way for more retail.

In 2019, the developer committed AVC to the double storey pub for an initial 10 years.

The operator said it is spending more than $2m on a Studio Y fit-out, an impression of which it posted (story continues below).

Inside the Sarah Sands as it was being renovated last August.

It also concluded a staff search.

The venue will include a classic pub space, dining room, bar and commercial kitchen.

Pubtic.com.au is reporting Telina Menzies will be head chef.

AVC runs about 150 venues including Fitzroy’s The Provincial, Middle Park Hotel and Auburn Hotel, in Hawthorn.

It also holds Duke of Wellington – Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub – granted permission to serve alcohol the year before Sarah Sands was built.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.