The Old Empire Building On Beaufort St Is Turning Into A Multi-Storey Hospitality Venue

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It looks like 2021 is shaping up to be the year that M0unt Lawley and Beaufort Street come fully roaring back to life!

As we discovered in our recent guide to all there is to see and do in Mount Lawley, the suburb is about ready to shake its dead-and-or-dying tag from recent years.

And today we’re excited to share news that another dormant part of the Beaufort Street strip will soon be roaring back to life.


The site of the old Empire warehouse (521-525 Beaufort Street) will soon be transformed into three interconnected hospitality venues featuring multiple areas, a multi-storey restaurant, gastro pub, beer garden, roof deck and late-night speakeasy.

For reference, the team behind The Old Synagogue will be in charge of the transformation, so you can expect similar vibes to that bustling venue, which took out the 2020 Australian Hotels Association Awards for Best New Venue and Best Venue.

The news comes at the same time Three Pound Group (The Camfield, The Stables) continue their redevelopments on The old Flying Scotsman space, and along with the recent re-opening of Clarences Company Store, points towards an exciting future for Beaufort Street.

“This is an incredible opportunity to transform the old industrial Empire site into something Beaufort Street needs to keep up with its recent revitalisation,” The Old Synagogue’s Ross Drennan said.

The design vibe will be keeping with the building’s 1950s owners the Turvey Brothers, who used the warehouse to design and manufacture bespoke furniture for many years.

“The design brief for the redevelopment was to preserve the buildings history through retention of existing building fabrics, whilst coupling that with a bold modern architectural fit out to create a stunning entertainment precinct,” added The Old Synagogue’s Drew Flanagan.

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