'Family friendly' plans for The Prince hotel at Kirrawee and Taren Point Hotel

Families targeted: Artist's impression of the bistro in The Prince, where approval is being sought to open from 7am to 10am for breakfast. Picture: Feros Group
Families targeted: Artist's impression of the bistro in The Prince, where approval is being sought to open from 7am to 10am for breakfast. Picture: Feros Group

Changes are proposed for the new hotel being built at Kirrawee and the existing Taren Point Hotel to increase their appeal to families.

The Feros Group, which owns both hotels, has lodged a development application (DA) for extended trading hours at The Prince at Kirrawee, to allow breakfast to be provided to the general public from 7am until 10am.

New and old: Artist's impression of the outdoor bar in The Prince, where 100-year-old timber is being used to help give "a clean, fresh, earthy feel". Picture: Feros Group

New and old: Artist's impression of the outdoor bar in The Prince, where 100-year-old timber is being used to help give "a clean, fresh, earthy feel". Picture: Feros Group

Under the proposal, the public bar, TAB and gaming areas would not open during the extended hours.

January opening: The Prince hotel on Princes Highway, Kirrawee, is diagonally across from the brick pit development, South Village. Picture: Chris Lane

January opening: The Prince hotel on Princes Highway, Kirrawee, is diagonally across from the brick pit development, South Village. Picture: Chris Lane

Another DA has been submitted to upgrade Taren Point Hotel, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.

A new outdoor area to the north of the existing beer garden is proposed by extending the hotel over the access to the drive-through bottle shop, between the hotel and its accommodation building. 

The new area would include a children’s play area and separate food facilities.

The plans include alterations to the existing beer garden, public bar and restaurant / bistro, and other internal changes.

It is also proposed to convert the accommodation offered by the hotel – 10 motel style rooms and associated amenities – into office space.

No changes are proposed to the existing hours of operation, nor the overall capacity of the hotel. 

The DA said the new outdoor area would have a limit of 50 patrons, and would operate until midnight from Monday to Saturday and until 10pm on Sunday.

Chief executive Chris Feros said the group, which also owns Huxley’s and Ugly Pizza at Caringbah and Gerrale St Kitchen at Cronulla, was “into families”.

“It’s a growing part of our business,” he said.

Mr Feros said The Prince, which is being built on Princes Highway at Kirrawee, was designed “around food and families”

“If it goes as good as we know it will go, we want to have the option of opening for breakfast,” he said.

“We believe the clean, fresh, earthy feel will lend itself to breakfast.”

Mr Feros said construction was a little behind schedule, and the hotel was expected to open in January, instead of at the end of November.

“We are very happy with the way it is looking,” he said

“It will be a beautiful venue, and something that hasn’t been seen before in Sydney suburbs. We have really gone for it.”

Mr Feros said the Taren Point Hotel upgrade would also target families, but in a different way.

“We want to migrate into the space behind the hotel, and make a new area with fake grass, picnic tables, food trucks and little basketball courts,” he said.

“It will be a bit quirky, a bit like having a picnic out the back of the hotel,” he said. “We will also freshen up the rest of the hotel.”

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