The Imperial – an opulent restaurant bar design by Alexander & Co

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Australian studio Alexander & Co has recently completed the Imperial Restaurant in Sydney, a very special place reminiscent of an old abandoned mansion, where faded opulence becomes the main charm of the environment.

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The restaurant is located in the suburb of Erskineville and has been a point of reference for LGBT community since 1983, but in the last two decades, the building had been left in a state of neglect, devoid of any kind of maintenance. The restyling carried out by the studio has given a new personality to the structure, maintaining its vintage and decadent soul.

The ground floor now contains a 250-seat restaurant called Priscillas, named after the 1994 comedy The Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, a film that follows the journey through Australian outback of a transgender woman and two drag queens.

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Many of the walls that had been worn by time have been torn like this and if necessary they have been freshened with a coat of white paint, with the addition in the dining room a new fresco that seems to have come out of a baroque church.

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