The Imperial Hotel has a manager and could be ready to go in a fortnight, but owner Shadd Danesi thinks further wrangles with the City of Sydney will push that back to 2010.

“I have employed a new manager, and he will start on Monday, and we’ll now start the practical side of setting the business up,” Danesi said on Sunday.

“We’re very close to opening up. I’ve got a meeting with council on Tuesday to work out what the conditions are in regards to the court case that we were just successful in.

“If council and I can agree, I would hope to open in two weeks.”
However, Danesi is yet to complete the process of having the building fully certified, and any dispute over conditions with the City of Sydney would push the opening date into next year.

“We’re running into Christmas and everyone is going to down tools in about two to three weeks and then you won’t get anything done until next year, so I’m pushing against time at this present moment,” Danesi said.

A City of Sydney spokesperson told Sydney Star Observer they had received Danesi’s conditions four weeks ago.
“When the conditions are agreed, they will be submitted to the Commissioner of the Court. If the conditions remain in dispute, the court will determine,” the spokesperson said.

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