Updated | Low key opening for Union Place Hotel at Jannali


Union Place Hotel at Jannali opened today (Friday, July 26).

It was a low-key event, but the crowd grew during the afternoon and evening as word spread.

The photo gallery above shows Sutherland Shire's newest hotel is a big improvement on its predecessor, the Jannali Inn

Earlier - July 9, 2019

A Chicago-style boutique pub, which is said to be reminiscent of The Godfather era, is due to open in Jannali by the end of this month.

Union Place Hotel is at the bottom of the new development, containing 89 apartments in two towers, which has risen on the former Jannali Inn site.

The new venue will be a lot different to its rough and tumble predecessor, which opened in 1958.

It has been developed by JDA Hotels, which is owned by the Feros family, of Sutherland Shire, who are related to but not connected in business with principals of the Feros Group, which owns The Prince at Kirrawee, Highfield Caringbah and Taren Point Hotel.

Chief executive of JDA Hotels John Feros said, "We are looking forward to bringing a vibrant space to the local community, a place where they can enjoy the sleek, modern bar and bistro areas, experience the premium sports bar facilities and also relax with a meal on the outdoor terrace."

A JDA Hotels spokeswoman said the US-Italian inspired hotel would be "a throwback to the heyday of The Godfather".

"It will feature a modern American sports bar and bistro with a sun-drenched, alfresco dining terrace.

"Inside, booth seating against a backdrop of industrial exposed brick, walnut and brass elements are reminiscent of an Al Capone haunt.

"Inspired by the quintessential 'red sauce' Italian dining experience in Downtown Chicago, the menu will be a fusion of pub classics with the culinary staples the city is known for including over ten varieties of 18-inch pizzas, the epitome being the 'Putanesca - tomato base, fresh mozzarella, anchovy, marinated artichokes and capers.

"Also on the menu are a diverse range of burgers and sandwiches, including the showstopper The Godfather - all beef patty, provolone, mozzarealla, roasted bell peppers, fresh pesto and mayonnaise."

The hotel was designed by award-winning hospitality architect Paul Kelly Design.

"The venue has an industrial and exposed metal fit-out throughout, softened by indoor plants cascading from the walls, ceilings and behind booth seating areas," the spokeswoman said.

"The impressive centrepiece bar area will be framed by gorgeous custom blue-stained timber panelling and brass halo lighting.

"Guests can expect a full spectrum of pale ales, American beer and premium wine, spirits, whiskies and cocktails on the list.

"The luxury, leafy terrace is perfect for those wishing to sit back in the warm sunshine and stay until late. Shaded by large white umbrellas, the alfresco lounge space has vibrant decor and bold playful patterns.

"As night falls, the area is lit up with fairy lights, a chance for guests to visit for a relaxed pub meal with friends, a post-work drink or a weekend cocktail."

The spokeswoman said JDA Hotels had assembled an A-list operational team, including head chef, Kirsten Baker who brought authentic Italian training from Nonna Grazia Guida and experience in leading kitchens for pub royalty, such as Vic on Park.