Tom Hogan and John Tennent from Port Melbourne's Harry & Frankie wine bar have bought Fitzroy's iconic pub, The Rose.
It’s the second time the old girl has been sold in the past few years. When Michael and Brooke Quinn bought it in mid-2012, they transformed the upstairs into a fancy dining room. Much to the relief of locals, they kept downstairs as a classic pot-and-parma type of place.
But what do Hogan and Tennent have in store?
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“Downstairs is going to be completely refurbished,” says Hogan. “It’ll still be a place to watch the footy, and a place to bring the kids, and we’ll keep the AFL memorabilia and the traditional Aussie pub fare. But we’re really going to give it some love.”
“Upstairs we’re going to put in a wine bar. Not a bistro with a wine focus, but a proper wine bar. It will be much like what we do down in Port Melbourne. We’re even going to rename upstairs Harry & Frankie Fitzroy.”
Hogan and Tennent take ownership of the pub on December 21, but will close to renovate straight away.
“We love the pub and we want to give it some more love without alienating the locals who are really passionate about it. We want to hold on to the history and the spirit of the place. It’s about treading that fine line between developing it and maintaining its sense of identity,” says Hogan.
The Rose will close in late December and is expected to reopen in February 2016.