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Merivale has continued its commitment to Sydney’s hospitality sector with the purchase of the Noble Canteen (previously Trumps Tavern) at 50 King Street, Sydney.


The acquisition is a wonderful new addition to the company’s diverse portfolio of restaurants, bars and event spaces. 


Justin Hemmes, CEO of Merivale, said: “Merivale is committed to investing in great properties and creating fantastic venues across Sydney. We are really excited about the acquisition of 50 King Street and our plans for the site. It follows our recent purchase of the Paddington Arms Hotel, the refurbishment of which will help in the revitalisation of the Oxford Street precinct”.


Merivale will first launch an art-based pop-up bar at the King Street site, due to open late April. Aptly titled ‘A Work in Progress’, the venue will be transformed into a live art studio, offering Sydney’s CBD a new and engaging bar experience.


The studio will be curated by the acclaimed Glenn Barkley (Independent Curator and former Senior Curator MCA Australia), alongside Darwin-based pop artist, Franck Gohier. Together they will create an evolving space which will be brought to life by Franck’s distinctive and energetic pop art aesthetic.  Franck will continue to work on his art in situ while the pop-up is open, allowing the venue to organically grow and transform. 


The bar will serve up traditional Thai street food by talented head chef, Air Jantrakool (ex Sailors Thai). This will be accompanied by a short but ever changing cocktail menu designed by Merivale’s Group Bars Manager, Paul Mant, using simple ingredients and fresh produce.


The acquisition of the King Street property follows Merivale’s purchase of the Paddington Arms in February. Merivale will shortly begin construction on the Oxford Street site, with the hotel closed for renovation until later this year. Plans for the venue will be announced in due course.


For media enquiries please contact:

Rebecca Gibbs

Publicity Manager, Merivale

Phone: 02 9240 3056

Email: [email protected]



Originally a fashion house, Merivale, owned by the Hemmes family, has been established in Australia for 58 years. The Hemmes family are developing and operating pioneers within the hospitality industry, owning a portfolio of more than 50 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and function spaces in Sydney. Justin Hemmes is the Chief Executive Officer of Merivale.

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