The Imperial Hotel will not open to the general public before October, though ticketed events may soon be staged there.
Owner Shadd Danesi said he will not re-open the refurbished venue until the Land and Environment Court’s final ruling on October 8, where he is appealing Sydney City Council restrictions on patron numbers.
Internally it’s pretty much finished, but I’m reluctant to open the doors before a decision on numbers is made, he told Sydney Star Observer.
If at 2am, if the Imperial is successful, I have 350 people on the street lining up, they’re going to disturb the community … and if [the council] then says I can’t control the street and could decide to shut me down early.
I’m trying to think outside the square at the moment, so maybe in the lead-up to that court date I might sell a pre-determined number of tickets … or have private parties downstairs.