In the first edition of what we hope to be many, the Goodtime Hospitality group, made up of ex-Forresters licensee and The Norfolk general manager Locky Paech, and entrepreneur James Bodel, have brought new life to an inner-west icon as their first big foray into the Sydney pub scene.
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The White Cockatoo, Petersham's 130-year-old beloved local is no more, with the venue undergoing a huge makeover and reopening as West Village earlier this month. In replace of the famed chicken schnitzels comes a menu, created by Paech and ex-Catalina Chef Sam Thomson that screams summer-ready. Think: Blue Swimmer crab rolls, Kimichi Poutine, Herb crusted pork loin with pineapple ketchup and a seafood platter of Neptune proportions. On top of that, the duo has plans to open-up, Patio, a café within the courtyard that will serve up breakfast daily.
The space, designed by Alexander and Co, features stripped-back walls, as an homage to the pub's heritage, features a plush, oasis-like indoor and outdoor courtyard, sports bar and cool, exposed architectural features throughout.
Pair this laid-back, sunny atmos and fresh menu, with an epic wine list that features all-Australian and mainly local wines, craft beer, bottled cocktails and, wait for it, negronis on tap, and that's our summer in the inner-city sorted.
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