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Intimate, 20-capacity bar for over 30s proposed for Orange CBD

August 15, 2022

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By David Fitzsimons

A cosy wine bar aimed at the 30-plus crowd is being proposed for a key location in the Orange CBD.

Hey Rosey is the name of the establishment planned for a former locksmiths shop on Summer Street near Robertson Park.

Four licensed premises including two pubs - the Parkview and Hotel Orange - and two café/restaurants are close to the premises at 301 Summer Street.


Under a development application currently on public exhibition at the council the bar would be limited to 20 customers at a time and be open six nights a week from 3pm to 11pm.

The DA, prepared for the applicants Leigh Oliver and Verity Abrams, directors of Quiet Light Pty Ltd in Orange, says there is a “gap in the market for such a space” in the CBD.

“The target demographic that we are catering to would be 30yo+ people, that would appreciate a lighter and quieter space where engaging in conversation is encouraged,” it says.

“The goal would be to create a small clientele of regular customers, so the space could function as much more of a quiet ‘neighbourhood bar’ within the city proper.”

It is proposed food would be served at the venue but it would be prepared at an off-site kitchen and brought to the premises.

The proposed site for the bar (red stripes). Supplied.

The DA says the bar would serve Orange locals and be a draw for tourists.

“We see Hey Rosey as a venue that strives to capture the feeling that comes on when you reach a familiar point of intimacy,” it says.

The DA says they are aiming at a “warm 20-seater, sit-down bar” with a focus on aperitifs and local wine.

“There are many small neighbourhood bars that function as extremely safe spaces for people to meet, enjoy each others company, in a more social environment rather than a loud/dark venue.”

Hey Rosey is also the title of a song by US band The National.

The DA is on exhibition for public comment until August 23.

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