Hospitality group Public has partnered with Grossi Group to launch Clifton Hotel in the upmarket Melbourne suburb of Kew.

The historic building, constructed in 1868, will be returning to the original name of the hotel. It will be a multi-venue establishment, housing five unique indoor and outdoor spaces, with capacity for over 250 patrons. One of the offerings will be restaurant and aperitivo bar Puttanesca, featuring a menu inspired by the Italian heritage of Guy Grossi, Grossi Group chef and restaurateur.

 “Our philosophy when creating this menu was to incorporate familiar favourites you would find at the centre of an Italian family dinner table, taking quality, wholesome ingredients and treating them with respect. We wanted to create a place to bring together the local community to stop by on a Sunday for a family lunch, or a quick bite to eat during the week,” Grossi described.

The development has been overseen by Marc Murphy, former Carlton star turned project manager.

Public executive chairman Jon Adgemis spoke of the group’s connection to the area.

“We have deep roots in Kew as my late grandfather acquired property in the area over 70 years ago. […] We partnered with The Grossi Group because Guy and the team share the same family values. Public operates in collaboration with the best of the best to offer unique experiences to guests and locals. We’re looking forward to welcoming them into Clifton Hotel and Puttanesca in August after months of planning and restoration. We are certain the venue will be unrivalled in the area as we give it back to Kew,” Adgemis commented.

Grossi echoed the sentiment.

“It’s very exciting, and we are thrilled to be working with Jon and the entire team at Public. Internally, the venue is a beautiful space and the bones of the building are quite spectacular, and I am looking forward to seeing it all come to life. We hope the local Kew community and beyond will love it as much as we do,” he concluded.

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