The Hopetoun Hotel, the desolate, boarded-up pub in a prime position on Bourke Street in Surry Hills is set to reopen for the first time in over a decade.
The pub was once one of the cities most legendary live venues, hosting then-emerging talents like Paul Kelly, Wolfmother and Sarah Blasko. It was forced to close its doors in 2009 after owner Evangelos Patakas racked up an impressive resume of fines and police citations for noise complaints in a residential area.
Finally, the pub is set to receive a new lease on life. The Patakas family have announced that they intend to restore the pub, with plans to open in 2020. Unfortunately, it will only be a shadow of its former glory. The new Hopetoun will not play host to any live music, in order to meet noise complaint requests. Honestly, why do people move to suburbs like Surry Hills if they want to live in tranquillity? The Woollahra municipality is welcoming you with open arms hunty, go move to that silent oasis.
A specific date for the proposed opening of the pub is yet to be confirmed.