Hotel beefs up its options

Hotel beefs up its options

The Oaks Hotel in Neutral Bay is undergoing a $4 million renovation by its owner, Andrew Thomas, who has engaged designer Paul Kelly. The new-look bar will include a "meatorium" (pictured) and an

in-house butcher to provide traditional cook-your-own steak. The refurbishment of the 128-year-old pub is a response to the rising demand for hotels that offer more than just drinks, poker machines and a TV screen. More than $200 million worth of pubs have changed ownership in the past year.

Masquerade for charity

The Property Industry Foundation's annual charity ball will be held on August 2 at the Hilton Sydney, with hopes of raising $200,000 for homeless youth through its PIF House initiative with various councils. More than 500 property and construction leaders are slated to attend the Ganellen-sponsored black-tie event. This year's event will be an Italian masquerade ball. The inaugural PIF House opened last year in Redfern in a property provided by the City of Sydney. It now has eight bedrooms, two communal bathrooms, four living areas and a courtyard.

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