By Sacha Delfosse
The hospitality industry is mourning the tragic death on Monday of James Miller, one half of the successful Sydney pub group, Drink N Dine.
The news of his death, from circumstances yet to be determined, came as a shock to friends and associates from the bartending community, with many posting tributes to him on social media sites.
Miller, along with his friend and business partner Jaime Wirth, was responsible for transforming several Sydney venues – The Norfolk, The Carrington, The Abercrombie, The Flinders and The Forresters – into innovative and popular establishments. [continues below]
James Miller (left), with Jaime Wirth

Last month the duo toasted the successful opening of their first non-pub venue, Santa Barbara, located on the former Piano Room site in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Miller was also the co-founder of the Sumo Salad retail chain.
"I will remember James as a endlessly energetic, generous and intensely loyal friend. His charisma would light up a room and his stories would keep me entertained in the office for hours," said Jaime Wirth.
"He had a fierce business drive and intelligence but also a real understanding of what was important to him – friends, family and enjoying every day. I learnt a lot from James in business, friendship and life and I will miss him greatly."
"My heart goes out to his family, son Xavier and his great number of friends. He will be dearly missed by all."

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