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Mosaic Hotel to redefine pub dining at West Lakes

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The SANFL’s Mosaic Hotel will open its doors after a $4 million redevelopment of the former Checkside Tavern at Footy Park, sporting a sophisticated modern fit out and a menu that’s a league above average pub fare.

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Set to open next week, Mosaic Hotel is part of a new league of South Australian hotels offering a more sophisticated level of pub dining.

Formerly known as the Checkside Tavern, and previously the Crows Tavern, the Footy Park site was a favourite pre-game drink spot for AFL fans since the venue opened in 1994.

Refurbished to the tune of $4 million and named Mosaic Hotel, the spacious venue now boasts a contemporary restaurant, cocktail bar, sports bar, TAB facilities, outdoor area, and gaming room.

Designed by Adelaide-based architecture and interior designers Studio Nine, Mosaic’s new modern fit out includes the main bar with spotted gum timber and plush velvet green booth seating.

Lead by head chef Amanda Gutte and general manager Emilee Moore, the hotel boasts a refined food and beverage offering, following a trend of other recently refurbished hotels, such as The Whitmore, The Strathmore, and The Stag.

Mosaic Hotel General Manager Emilee Moore says there has long been a gap in the market for sophisticated food and beverage offerings in the western suburbs.

“It is completely different from anything I’ve seen in the western suburbs before. It’s going to be a new great adventure and I know it is going to be well received,” says Moore.

Moore grew up in her family-owned pub, the Brecknock Hotel, and was the fifth generation to run the establishment. She then ventured into larger organisations such as The Festival Theatre, Convention Centre, and Stamford Plaza.

Earlier this year, Moore was part of the team that opened Sparkke at the Whitmore.

“Mosaic is very different from the old Checkside Tavern, which was outdated. Mosaic is bright and open with lots of windows and has a strong focus on food and beverage,” she says.

“It’s more upmarket than a regular pub. It’s been fitted out with beautiful décor, which gives it a premium feel. So, we don’t want to be classed as a pub, and that’s why we’ve named it as a hotel.

“They’ve gone the extra mile to install beautiful booths, lamp fixtures to display cabinets, lots of plants and greenery in the building.”

Following the sale of Football Park for housing, the SANFL continues to own the Mosaic Hotel with revenue to support a breadth of football programs and competitions.

Located on Turner Drive, opposite West Lakes, the hotel is close to the WEST development, with some 300 new homes on its doorstep.

The hotel will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday, September 17.

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