New Freo Business of the Week: The Federal Hotel
March 29, 2016 5 Comments
This new Fremantle business of the week is actually also one of Freo’s oldest. The Federal Hotel opened the same year as the Fremantle Town Hall (1887) and despite a name change to Rosie O’Grady’s in the 1990s I am pleased to say that after a short closure for a bit of restoration “The Fed” is back in all her glory.
The Federal is a hotel with a lot of history including multiple arson attempts (some on the same night!), murders, and the place where the first WA meeting of the State ALP was held. When the Federal first opened its doors in 1887 it was touted as one of the most beautiful buildings ever seen in the colony (see old postcard below)
New operators Nik Jurin and Marc Townsend (pictured) have done a great job with refurbing the hotel and bringing back its charm while also creating a great beer list and menu. Nik was behind the revamp of the South Beach Hotel (aka the Dav) and Marc was the face of North Fremantle’s Mrs Brown. Marc kindly dropped me a few lines on his vision for the hotel and I think he sums it up very well:
“Our goal with the Federal Hotel is to provide a unique pub style environment in Fremantle. We want to set ourselves apart from the norm and be a destination venue, whilst still being essentially in the heart of Fremantle. Fremantle is currently undergoing a healthy revival of new and interesting hospitality venues and we wish to be part of that movement into the future growth of the area. It has been an exciting, yet brief journey thus far to be able to bring the Federal Hotel back to Fremantle once again, this time it is here to stay! By doing this we hope to provide both Fremantle locals and visitors alike with a venue that is focussed on quality food, beverage and service all within these beautiful heritage surroundings.”