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Tuesday 21 September 2021

Star chef signs on as the Primus becomes a Kimpton

Chef Luke Mangan OAM, surely one of the busiest men in the Australian hospitality industry, will head the team for the new Kimpton Sydney's restaurant and bar outlets when the brand opens its first hotel in Australia. 

Mangan will head up several food and beverage offerings at the new luxury boutique hotel, including Luke's Kitchen, which will be in the hotel lobby. 

This in addition to his roles at glass brasserie at the Sydney Hilton, Salt Grill for P&O Cruises and with Eastern Oriental Express.  

 “What draws me to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is its bespoke offering to guests coupled with heartfelt service," Mangan said. 

"The location of Kimpton Sydney is superb with its blend of nightlife from neighbouring Chinatown and Darlinghurst and independent spirit from the nearby Surry Hills, all brought to life in this incredible building that's connected to Sydney's heritage.

“It felt like a perfect opportunity to create a range of innovative culinary experiences that are built on Kimpton's legacy of locally loved restaurants.” 

The first opening under IHG Hotels & Resorts' Kimpton brand in Australia, Kimpton Sydney will be located at the site of the current Primus Hotel, after the purchase was completed by Pro-invest Group this week.  

The building is a heritage-listed 1930s Art Deco revival of inter-war period architecture, previously housing the Sydney Water Board Offices.

Primus is now closed and the property is undergoing a refresh. 

In addition to the main Luke's Kitchen restaurant, the hotel will feature an elegant 1930s-style cocktail bar, an intimate wine cellar offering bespoke tasting experiences, a rooftop bar with poolside flair and a café with coffee and house-baked pastries.

“Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is well loved globally for its award-winning and locally inspired culinary creativity," said Jan Smits, co-CEO and deputy chair of the Pro-invest Group 

"We are delighted to welcome Luke, with his vision, expertise and experience to assist in bringing Kimpton Sydney to life.”

The hotel will open in late 2021. 


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