The much-anticipated opening of the 750-seat mega-pub Market Grounds in Perth’s Kings Square has gone off without a hitch.
The West Australian food editor Rob Broadfield said the owners kept Tuesday’s opening on the down-low and would hold an official event tonight.
Broadfield said the stunning venue’s food offering was good (he had a test-drive of the menu on Tuesday).
“It is the very embodiment of the modern Aussie pub,” he said.
Family-owned ARK Group is behind the multimillion-dollar double-storey venue, which is expected to inject new life into the Perth City Link precinct.
With 35 years experience in the industry, ARK Group did its homework before embarking on the project in the midst of the economic slowdown, particularly in the nine-level Kings Square 3 office building that was finished in 2015.
Group operations manager Adam Kapinkoff told The West Australian earlier this year that the family, who own four other venues including Durty Nelly’s and The Generous Squire, had faith that the long-term future of hospitality in the area was bright.
“Everyone wants to see it work and succeed and the area activated,” Mr Kapinkoff said of the precinct.
Market Grounds is expected to draw crowds heading to and from Perth Arena and public transport, but a critical part of its success is the link road connecting King Street in the CBD to Lake Street in Northbridge.