The Imperial Hotel could be open in time for Mardi Gras.

In a statement released yesterday, Imperial owner Shadd Danesi said the opening hinged on smooth negotiations with the City of Sydney.

“The Imperial Hotel is working   towards opening within a short period of time. It is still endeavouring to work with council in complying with two conditions,” Danesi’s statement read.

“Hence we have found ourselves in court over a technical point and we are attempting to resolve one of those points at the moment.

“We anticipate opening in four to six weeks, subject to council co-operation.”

The latest court appeal follows a meeting at the end of last year where the two parties were unable to settle their differences, despite a court ruling in favour of the hotel.

The Commissioner hearing the matter has asked for written submissions outlining the Imperial’s objections to conditions which the council is seeking to impose on it.

However, Danesi said patrons will be impressed by the new Imperial in the new year.

“We’re still operating three bars, the public bar, the cabaret bar, and the cellar bar, but everything will be on a bigger and better scale,” he told Sydney Star Observer.

“All the amenities have been upgraded — the toilet facilities, air conditioning, the flow of the building.

“All the rooms have been improved in size to accommodate the increase in numbers.

“The cellar now has a mezzanine level running around it. The sound system and lighting system are state-of-the-art.

“The building has been completely soundproofed to stop any noise.”

The Imperial has been closed for more than three years while undergoing a multi-million dollar refurbishment.

To date Danesi has racked up more than $500,000 in legal expenses.

But he is confident the hotel will be open sooner rather than later.

“Now we have our website up and running we will keep you informed as to our opening date,” Danesi said in the written statement.

“Meanwhile, we will be posting more photos of the interior of the Imperial and we are looking forward to seeing you on the opening.”

info: Visit www.theimperialhotel.com.au

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