A restaurant and function centre is to open on the site of the old DCMs nightclub.
The Mediterranean, operated by the same company that runs the Tandoori Palace and karaoke room at 86 Oxford St, will be allowed to trade noon to midnight Sunday to Thursday and to 2am on Friday and Saturday nights under a one-year trial. The Mediterranean will have a capacity of 305 patrons, down 95 from the site’s previous use as a nightclub. A maximum of 10 patrons will be permitted to smoke outside.
Residents group Hyde Park Community Voice is unhappy with the way the development application was approved and is concerned the Mediterranean has listed bucks and hens nights among possible events on its website.
Councillors did not call the application to committee so the DA was left to council staff to approve.
Most of council is currently on leave, however, Greens councillor Irene Doutney could not recall receiving objections while the DA was on display, while Labor councillor Meredith Burgmann said she had received just one.
Doutney said she had been following the DA and was relieved the new operators were offering something different.
“My main reasons for not calling it to council were that it was a change of use to a pre-paid and booked restaurant and [function] centre and that the applicant was a known restaurateur, not a gangster or pub chain,” Doutney said.
“There were concerns raised by police but I believe these have been addressed by the stringent conditions of consent imposed by staff.”
Police objected to plans to provide nightclub passes to patrons, and said that if buses were used to drop off patrons they should return to collect them at the end of events.
The operator has since ditched plans to provide club passes.
Doutney said she was committed to finding a balance between the area’s nighttime economy and residents’ amenity, and the regeneration of Oxford St through small business and the arts.

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