By Amy Looker
Kemenys marked 50 years of independent liquor retailing last night (Dec 2) with a spectacular party at Sydney's CarriageWorks.
More than 700 guests, including Brian McGuigan, Bruce Tyrrell and Sir James Hardy, were invited to join the Kemeny family in celebrating the milestone anniversary with an array of food, wine and high-profile entertainment.
The party capped off an outstanding year for Kemenys, which saw the Bondi retailer win the Liquor Store of the Year award at the 2010 Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA) for the tenth time in the award's 17 year history.
The party also marked the launch of the new Kemenys online store, where all of Kemenys' liquor products will be available to buy online with daily specials and information.
Andrew Kemeny said the event was 50 years in the making and thanked major sponsors Treasury Wine Estates, Carlton and United Breweries (CUB), Constellation Wines and Diageo.
“We simply want to have fun,” Kemeny says. “We got to where we are as a business by going through unchartered territory, and that's the plan with the party.”
Founder and matriarch, Emma Kemeny, opened the festivities, which was produced by Yakusan, one of Sydney's leading event planning companies.