Jaime Wirth, one of the masterminds behind the pub revival group formerly known as Drink n Dine (now called International Worldwide), has been snapping up iconic properties like he’s leading in Monopoly.
Wirth and his crew—which includes Joel Amos of the natural wine heroes at DRNKS—opened The Duke last year and have a sick rehash for The George in Waterloo in the works. The latest in a string of investments and pub updates by Wirth is the Old Fitzroy down in Woolloomooloo.
If you’re a longterm fan and regular visitor of the Old Fitz (like we are), don’t worry because they’re only closing for a short period in April for a quick reno—and yes, its little theatre packed with independent avant-garde and indie treats, is here to stay. And there won't be any drastic or outlandish change to the menu, Wirth has put chef Nic Hill (formerly at Sepia) in the kitchen and charged him with maintaining the classic pub dining experience the Old Fitz is known and loved for (read: bangers and mash and hopefully, marshmallows to toast on the fire in winter).
We’re rooting for these guys to keep the strong vibes we know and love from the Fitz.
In other welcome revivals, the Mary's crew are currently working on creating a new era of eclectic music, great food and long nights at The Basement.
Image credit: Ramos Varela.