The revived Five Dock Bowling Club site, leased to a private operator by the City of Canada Bay, has been renamed The Home Grounds, after community backlash over pricing at the offering. Customers appeared confused about the venue given it maintained Club in its name, with the site in Sydney’s inner-west getting national media attention after it was revealed in-house Italian restaurant, Skinny Tony’s, offered a chicken schnitzel with two sides for $45. While the chicken schnitzel itself is $28.90, fries are an extra $6.90 with salad or mashed potato adding an extra $8.90 each.
At the time, owner-operator Pierre Moio admitted to Club Management that there had been some confusion surrounding the brand and a name change would likely remove the word Club from the venue as it is no longer a registered club. The private venue is also poker machine free.
The venue’s Facebook, Instagram and web homepage have all been rebranded to reflect the change in name to The Home Grounds. The operators even limited comments on any posts, such was the response.
The restaurant itself opened on February 14, with some locals unimpressed with the price point, given it had Club in the name. But it has proved popular, even in the face of the controversy, quickly booking out on weekends.
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