A night out at the Hawthorn Hotel was a rite of passage for many Melbourne students.
The pool tables and pinball machines provided hours of entertainment, while an array of beers on tap and classic pub meals kept the masses fed.
So it was like a kick to the nostalgic gut to hear that the Hawka was shutting its doors. Well, that’s all about to change thanks to a partnership between the Australian Venue Co and Swinburne University of Technology.
Grand plans are currently underway to restore the venue to its former glory so its doors can re-open in May 2021, but with a few additional tweaks.
The ground floor will be operated by The Australian Venue Co, who currently own 150 venues across the country. The bar and dining areas will receive a makeover, and punters can expect a brand new all-day dining menu along with a new sports bar and outdoor area.
Swinburne will licence the first floor of the venue, which will become a dedicated space for its alumni, industry partners, staff and students. It will transform into an events space that will also offer the community the opportunity to book for functions on weekends. There’s still hope for the venue to continue hosting 18th and 21st birthdays like it's known to in the past.