Work begins on historic Bridge Hotel, pub and restaurant in the offing

By Our Reporter

Works to reactivate a historic hotel on Watton Street are commencing this week, as the MoL Pub Group begin the transformation of the Bridge Hotel to deliver a new bar and restaurant.

The MoL Pub Group were selected as the operators of the Council-owned hotel in July 2019, with plans to deliver a premier food and beverage venue in the heart of the Werribee City Centre.

MoL Pup Group Director Ryan Crick said he was looking forward to the new and improved Bridge Hotel opening to the public in mid-2020.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring such an iconic local watering hole back to life, and back to the public,” Mr Crick said.

“The Bridge will be a community focussed pub—a meeting place for local people, and those traveling through.”

MoL Pub Group operates a string of successful venues across Melbourne’s inner suburbs, including the Mount Erica Hotel in Prahan, Union House in Richmond, and Marquis of Lorne in Fitzroy.

“As a group, we’re focused on regenerating pubs and pub culture, and creating venues individual and personal to the community they’re based,” Mr Crick said. “Werribee can expect a venue that is there for them. The Bridge will be flexible, fun and friendly for any occasion.”

Wyndham City Mayor Cr Josh Gilligan said the revamped venue would complement other works Council was doing in the Werribee City Centre. “This building has been on Watton Street since 1926, and is an important part of our local history. The plans for this site will build on that history, reactivating the venue into a high-quality food and beverage venue that locals will be proud to frequent,” he said.

There are already a range of fantastic businesses operating in Werribee, Cr Gilligan said, and hoped the reactivation of the Bridge Hotel will bring more people into the area, complementing the existing venues in the Werribee City Centre.

“We’re also looking for new and innovative ways to create a more liveable City Centre with a strong local economy through our public-private partnerships, delivering a new Holiday Inn hotel, apartment-style living, and office space to the City Centre,” Cr Gilligan said.

“Across all of these projects, we will be creating more than 1,500 jobs, 1,690 parking spaces, as well as boutique style apartment living, office, retail and hospitality space.”

The Bridge Hotel will reopen to the public in mid 2020. To keep up to date on the project visit
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