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Fremantle’s Newport Hotel to close and transform into Flight Club darts venue – PerthNow

Fremantle institution The Newport Hotel will be sent off in style on its last trading day this Christmas Eve when its operators pay homage to its 35 years at the historical 1887 site.
The hotel on South Terrace has been loved by locals and party-goers across Perth who have enjoyed live music, drinks, dancing, karaoke and pizza from Tony Pepperoni NY Pizza.
Its operators Capitol Corp announced this week that the hotel would close from December 24, although party-goers who have bought tickets to New Year’s Eve events, will be able to enjoy The Newy for one last time at the closed sessions.
Capitol Corp, which also runs Metropolis Fremantle, The Lookout in Scarborough and The Breakwater at Hillarys Boat Harbour, is turning The Newy into its second Flight Club darts venue. Their first is due to open in the Perth CBD on Murray Street in about two weeks.
Licensee David Heaton told PerthNow on Wednesday that while it was sad to close the Fremantle institution, it was a “case of change”.
“A lot of people met there, got married and had kids — it all stemmed from The Newport being an institution and a stalwart of the live band scene in Fremantle for such a long time,” he said.
“There is a little bit of sadness to move on but times have changed.
“We’ve decided to close it down, renovate it and move into a completely different direction.
“We still will be operating the venue but it won’t be The Newport as you know it.
“It is actually getting renovated into a Flight Club — essentially a darts bar with automatic scoring. It is a real interactive experience.”
Mr Heaton expected the final regular trading day on December 24 would be a “big day” and said the hotel would bring back old favourites and pay homage to the past three decades.
Mr Heaton said Flight Club was inspired by a concept from the United Kingdom and reflected what revellers demanded in the 21st century.
He said live music would be replaced by DJs when the venue reopens in May or June next year.
Musician Mark Stone, who often performed at Fremantle venues, told PerthNow it was a shame to hear that the hotel was closing as he played there monthly, with his most recent show on October 23.
“It is such a great atmosphere and it was such a fun place to play,” he said.
“I will definitely give it a good send off.
“I’m looking forward to see what goes into The Newport next.”
Fremantle mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge told PerthNow she could not wait to see the new and improved venue when it reopened.
“Like all Freo locals, I have fond memories of getting together with friends and catching live bands at The Newy,” she said.
“The fact that it’s going to be renovated and turned into something new is just another sign of the renaissance of Fremantle.
“There have been so many exciting hospitality ventures opening in Fremantle in recent times, along with new offices, shops, hotels and apartments, with many more still to come.
“The renewal of Walyalup Koort was a critical part of the City of Fremantle’s plan to attract more people to live, work and play in Freo and it’s clear to see that plan is working.
“It’s great that people now have the confidence to invest in Fremantle.”

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