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WHY LAUNCH MOMENTO
We didn't have a group identity before, so we
wanted to establish an identity for both our
employed community and also externally. We're
based in north-west Sydney and we wanted the
community to understand who we are and what
we stand for, not just the individual hotels. And
we've currently got plans in process for three
new hotels. One we've just received approval for
at Macquarie Park, The Governor. And with six
hotels coming up by the end of next year, having
a brand identity is important moving forward.
HOW DID YOU COME UP
WITH THE NAME MOMENTO?
I suppose Momento comes from a few different
sources. Our tag line for our company is 'Creating
memories', so the idea is that both customers and
staff think about their fond memories of situations,
whether it's going for a drink, meeting people,
having business meetings, they think about our
venues. It also speaks to our heritage, our Italian
WHY IS THE NORTHWEST SO
SPECIAL TO YOU?
We're pretty much born and bred here. My father
started a bottleshop here 45-odd years ago. I've
got five brothers and the six of us were all born
here, went to school locally. So far there's 15
FIVE MINUTES WITH...
RECENTLY, MARCELLO COLOSIMO ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCH OF MOMENTO
HOSPITALITY, THE OFFICIAL GROUP IDENTITY FOR THE COMPANY'S VENUES
BASED IN THE NORTHWEST REGION OF SYDNEY. COLOSIMO SPOKE TO
AUSTRALIAN HOTELIER ABOUT THE NEW BRAND, AND WHAT'S NEXT FOR
grandkids and they all live and go to school here,
so we have a big vested interest in the social
fabric of the northwest.
HOW DO THE THREE
VENUES CATER TO
WITHIN THE AREA?
They're all quite different. The Australian Brewery
is obviously dedicated to craft beer and food. It's
very family focused. You have Bella Vista Hotel
which is in the Norwest Business Park catering
to over-25s, business corporates, people who
want to enjoy a more premium night out or
experience. Then Hillside is your more traditional
YOU'RE ALSO LAUNCHING
THE HOSPITALITY INSTITUTE
-- CAN YOU TELL US MORE
We're pretty focused on training within our
organisation and have been for a long time. There's
many young managers running pubs around
Sydney that used to work with us. We decided
to formalise that and start a training organisation
that will grow. We're starting off with training our
staff internally, being able to give them formal
qualifications. And then we'll be doing external
training. We're just finalising the regulatory process
at the moment, and then we'll start training within
the next month. We've been working on that for
over a year. Initially we'll start off with your basic
RSA, RCG, Certificate III in commercial cookery,
and then we'll grow into courses on all aspects of
hospitality including leadership training.
We want to be seen as the company that you'd
want to come and work for in this area if you'd
like to join hospitality, and the Institute will have
qualifications and hopefully a level of training so
that people can get a job anywhere. If they'd love
to stay with us, we'd love to have them. When you
think about young kids moving into hospitality,
you want both themselves and their parents to
feel comfortable knowing that we're going to help
them make them into better businesspeople.
YOU HAVE ALSO SET
UP THE MOMENTO
FOUNDATION, WHY IS
THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU?
So as most publicans and hoteliers do, we all
give back a lot to the community. This is just
a more formal way of doing it. The Foundation
again is northwest specific to help either the
disadvantaged or good social causes in the area.
At the moment domestic violence is quite a
focus for us. Not only will these funds be coming
from our family and our employed community,
but hopefully it'll be a bigger process and we'll
undertake fundraising activities to make a
TELL US ABOUT YOUR
It will probably open mid-2018. We're starting
work at the moment, we just got licensing approval
last week. This should open in June next year. It's
two levels so it should be quite a significant hotel.
Upmarket, traditional restaurant and public bar
facilities downstairs and then we have a rooftop bar
Asian-themed, overlooking the city.
ANYTHING ELSE PLANNED
IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
We've got two other venues in the works. We've
got a high-end restaurant in the Hills district -- we
hope it will be the first hatted restaurant in the
area.That'll be combined with a small distillery
and cocktail bar. We're also looking to open a
neighbourhood bar based around craft beer
and smoked meat. They will be built after The
Governor. We have DA approval for one and we're
working on the other, then we'll undertake the
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