Notorious Kings Cross venue returns
By Clyde Mooney
After closing due to extensive water damage in February 2010, one of Sydney's best-known pubs, The Bourbon, is set to re-open this month.
The Bourbon fell victim to a mire of complications after its roof collapsed in a storm, including a mess of insurance claims by former leaseholder Icon Hospitality Group and landlords ING, as well as the tightening of licences in the Kings Cross precinct.
The Bourbon has been rejuvenated by new owner C-Inc, owner of the the nearby Coogee Bay Hotel, which purchased the Kings Cross venue in 2010. It is set to re-open its doors on February 21.
Originally opened in 1967 to attract visiting armed forces on R&R from the Vietnam War, the iconic bar has been a mecca for tourists and youth for decades.
"After an extensive planning and development program, we are thrilled about the impending opening of the new ‘The Bourbon’," C-Inc boss Chris Cheung told TheShout.
"We realise the opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of Kings Cross and strongly believe The Bourbon will bring a new vitality to the area and become a favoured dining and entertainment destination for Sydneysiders," he said.