Print Hall Perth: CBD bar to reopen as pop-up ahead of renovationsPosted by On

Long before he built a local hospitality empire on dining, drinking, dancing and, um, darts, NightOwl Entertainment Group chairman David Heaton worked as a paper boy.

The owner of Amplifier Bar, Metropolis in Fremantle and notorious Scarborough nightspot The Lookout Bar, as well as city social darts bar Flight Club, recalls collecting bundles of The West Australian, Western Mail and Sunday Independent from the massive Newspaper House building on St George’s Terrace in the city.

In 2012, the former headquarters of the West, reopened as a Print Hall, a multi-level dining precinct in the heart of the city also home to modern Asian diner Apple Daily Bar and Eating House and rooftop boozer Bob’s Bar.

Heaton bought Print Hall from the Colonial Leisure Group in November last year, following its closure earlier in 2022.

The bar baron plans to embark on renovations to turn the heritage-listed CBD venue in Brookfield Place into “something extraordinary”.

Gathering all the approvals for the makeover is taking longer than expected, so Heaton will temporarily re-open Print Hall from February 15 until around October.

“We’re looking at doing a big refurbishment at the end of this year,” he said.

“We could leave it closed for the rest of the year but instead we’ll open for a while.”

Heaton said he was surprised by the public reaction to news NightOwl were taking over the dining precinct.

“We’re pretty excited by it,” he said. “It’s an iconic venue and there’s a lot…

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