Seedy Surry Hills karaoke joint Ding Dong Dang has closed down. Photos posted on Reddit show the bar’s iconic neon sign switched off and dismantled. And while the Australian reports that the closure is due to the Covid-19 economic slump, a development application lodged with the City of Sydney last year shows that the Randle Street building is actually slated to be demolished to make way for a $40 million hotel. A spokesperson from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, the architecture firm in charge of the hotel's design, has confirmed to Broadsheet that the building that houses Ding Dong Dang is slated to be torn down.
The atmosphere at the 123-room hotel will differ quite significantly from Ding Dong Dang – the new space will encompass a heritage-listed hat factory and will include a restaurant, cafe and bar.
Broadsheet attempted to contact Ding Dong Dang for confirmation via phone on Monday, but received no answer.
This article was updated at 5.45pm on August 31 to reflect confirmation from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer that the building will be demolished.