Cherry Bar takes over Footscray’s The Reverence Hotel

The hotel is on Napier Street which becomes Footscray Road as it approaches Melbourne five kilometres away.

James Young – who until last March ran AC/DC Lane’s Cherry Bar – resurfaced yesterday at Footscray’s The Reverence Hotel after quietly taking over a lease 18 months ago.

The venue at 28 Napier Street, on the north east corner of Whitehall, has undergone a renovation and reopened as Hotel Westwood.

Part of a car park has been fit as a beer garden.

The publican said the facility is again serving tacos, the dish for which it became popular prior to former owners last shutting its doors, also last March.

Mr Young added he intends for the hotel to host live bands once more too; it previously serviced the punk, indie and metal music niches.

Trivia nights will restart as well.

Late last year Cherry Bar’s operators also rented a space at 68 Little Collins St – 400 metres from AC/DC Lane – for another hospitality venue, Cherry (story continues below).

Part of a car park was repurposed as a beer garden.

Cherry at Footscray

Groups at Footscray must be between 2-10 and can’t stay longer than 2.5 hours.

The property is permitted to trade every day of the week.

The suburb is about five kilometres west of Melbourne.

Napier St becomes Footscray Road, West Melbourne, once it crosses the nearby Shepherd Bridge en route to the city.

Not far west, it changes name to Buckley St.

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Marc Pallisco

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