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MOVE INTO CONSULTING
Jaime Wirth and Michael Delany, the former
co-founders of the Drink'n'Dine pub group, have
established their own hospitality consulting business,
The pair sold their venues, including The Oxford
Tavern and The Norfolk, to Dixon Hospitality
Group at the beginning of the year, and have been
consulting on several venues since then, before
deciding to officially offer their services to other
pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs.
Wirth and Delany, who between them have 35
years of experience in various aspects of hospitality
-- from DJing to owning and operating nightclubs
and pubs -- decided that their expertise could help
other industry operators in many different facets of
"After many years of running our own venues, we
thought we could take some of this knowledge and
experience and help some other people with their
own projects. Help others learn from some of our
mistakes and triumphs," stated Wirth.
Wirth believes that International Worldwide has a
lot to offer other operators.
"We have always been very hands on with our own
businesses and think we can apply this experience
to helping other operators. Some occasionally crazy
Since selling Drink'n'Dine, Wirth and Delany have
collaborated on House of Crabs in Melbourne for
Dixon Hospitality Group; and small bars Hacienda
and Dim Dooley, and nightclub Mary Poppin for Terry
Board in Adelaide.
International Worldwide is currently working on
a food project in the new Sydney harbour precinct
Barangaroo, plus a hotel in The Rocks and are
consulting on music for Fraser Short's The Sydney
The pair are optimistic about the future of
Australian hospitality, with Wirth pointing out how
varied different offerings are around the country.
"I think there are lots of great operators and
groups like Merivale, the Dolphin Hotel guys and The
Unicorn guys all doing their thing."
Merivale has announced the purchase of another Sydney city fringe pub, rescuing beloved local
pub The Alexandria Hotel from being demolished.
The pub, known as The Alex, was set to be replaced by a four-storey residential apartment
building after being purchased by a developer in 2015. The move was decried by many local
residents who earned a reprieve to save the pub, seeking a heritage status for the building.
Merivale stepped in to save the favourite drinking haunt, purchasing the hotel from the
developers, whose development application for the apartments had not yet been approved by
local council. Justin Hemmes, CEO of Merivale wanted to assure Alexandria residents that the
hotel would be restored to its former glory.
"Institutions like this must be preserved, they reflect our history and help shape our culture --
especially when they mean as much to their local community as The Alex does. This outcome is
a great reward for the passion and character of the community who fought so hard to save this
property where a hotel has stood for almost 150 years."
Lord Mayor Clover Moore was also ecstatic about the outcome.
"When plans to destroy The Alex were first put on public exhibition, there was a real
groundswell of support for its conservation. This is a huge win for the community, and for City
staff who were in court fighting for the 80-year-old building to be heritage-listed.
"Historic buildings like this one maintain links to Sydney's past, and fill our streetscapes with
unique character. I'm thrilled Mr Hemmes plans to restore and re-open this fantastic building
and involve our residents and creatives in shaping its future use."
Merivale plans to preserve the 1930s features of the building, while upgrading the expansive
courtyard of the hotel. As the hotel had such vocal local community support, Hemmes is calling
for locals to submit ideas as to how to transform the courtyard, with local talent to work on the
final design concept with the CEO and architect Kelvin Ho.
"This hotel has and will always be Alexandria's pub so I want the community to help create the
next stage in its vibrant life. Whether you're an artist or architect, a sculptor or builder, if you're
passionate about design and creating amazing spaces, we want to hear from you."
A week after making the plea, over 400 interested parties had signed up to the Our Alex website.
International Worldwide's Jaime Wirth
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