Kimpton Sydney set to innovate dining experiences with Luke Mangan at the helm

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Posted on September 20, 2021

Legendary Australian Chef Luke Mangan OAM will helm the new Kimpton Sydney’s restaurant and bar offering when the brand opens its first hotel in Australia.

Renowned and much-loved for his Australian style, Mangan will be at the centre of a rich tapestry of restaurants and bar offerings at the new luxury boutique hotel, with Luke’s Kitchen, an iteration of his neighbourhood favourite, taking centre stage in the historic lobby.

 “What draws me to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is its bespoke offering to guests coupled with heartfelt service. The location of Kimpton Sydney is superb with its blend of nightlife from neighbouring Chinatown and Darlinghurst and independent spirit from the nearby Surry Hills, all brought to life in this incredible building that’s connected to Sydney’s heritage.”

“It felt like a perfect opportunity to not only re-invigorate Luke’s Kitchen but also create a range of innovative culinary experiences that are built on Kimpton’s legacy of locally loved restaurants” said Luke Mangan. 

The first opening under IHG Hotels & Resorts’ Kimpton brand in Australia, Kimpton Sydney, will be located at the site of the current Primus Hotel, which the purchase was completed by Pro-invest Group this week.  The building is a heritage-listed 1930s Art Deco revival of inter-war period architecture, housing the former Sydney Water Board Offices.  Primus is now closed and is undergoing a detail-oriented refresh, drawing out the true beauty of its bold design, iconic architecture and boutique luxury personality.

Destined to become a new social melting pot, Kimpton Sydney’s restaurants and bars will emanate a style and warmth as memorable as the menus themselves. In addition to the main Luke’s Kitchen restaurant, the hotel will feature an elegant 1930s-style cocktail bar, an intimate wine cellar offering bespoke tasting experiences, a rooftop bar with poolside flair and a cafe with locally crafted coffee and freshly baked pastries.

“Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is well loved globally for its award-winning and locally inspired culinary creativity. We are delighted to welcome Luke, with his vision, expertise and experience to assist in bringing Kimpton Sydney to life,” said Jan Smits, Co-CEO and Deputy Chair Pro-invest Group.


Media Contacts:

Karena Noble | Pro-invest Group | Mobile: +61 418 912162 |

IHG Hotels & Resorts | Janaya Birse | Brand PR Manager, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Australasia | Mobile: +61 448 019 890 |

About Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants: San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Caribbean, Asia and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal.

Kimpton’s employees, empowered to provide heartfelt service and experiences, have built a highly regarded workplace culture that appears consistently on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. As a result, Kimpton has been awarded, “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains” by J.D. Power three times. In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts family of hotel brands. For more information, visit  

About Kimpton® Restaurants: Kimpton manages over 80 distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges across major metropolitan cities, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Greater China. Helmed by renowned chefs and skilled bartenders, each Kimpton restaurant and bar is an original, from the cuisine, to the craft cocktails, to the décor and ambiance — creating a truly immersive experience for guests. Set in warm and welcoming spaces, Kimpton’s restaurants and bars are a gathering place in the communities and reflect the local flavors of each location. For more information, visit     

About Pro-invest Group

Pro-invest Group is a global asset manager and investment firm specialising in private equity real estate and real estate asset management. Established in 2010 Pro-invest has grown to become one of the largest hotel investment platforms in Asia Pacific, in addition to executing successful commercial real estate transactions.

Pro-invest’s unique integrated platform structure ensures full control of the entire value chain, allowing for effective sustainability management, risk mitigation and return optimisation – all underpinned by a commitment to protecting and generating value and delivering long-term success for all stakeholders. 

With a commitment to sustainability, transparency and responsibility, Pro-invest is a global business with local experts across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe.

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