A novel approach for The Old Library

CRONULLA'S hottest new dining and bar destination, The Old Library offers the finest flavours of Southern Italy in a designer setting that is at once fresh and modern, while still remaining true to the heritage of the circa 1908 building.

Originally a Methodist Church, and then the Cronulla Library, The Old Library Restaurant & Bar now presents a spacious sit-down eatery, a bar and a private dining room, designed and styled to retain the essence of the Library setting.

A two year labour of love for restaurateur Mario Kalpou has seen The Old Library re-born as a new fine-dining experience focussing on quality service in a welcoming atmosphere.

Award winning design team Hecker Guthrie (Ivy, The Millswyn, Grace, The Public Dining Room) worked with Kalpou to create a crisp seaside interior with subtle library references that has already taken out a special 'Commendation' in the prestigious Australian Interior Design Awards.

"For me the most appealing part of The Old Library is its quirkiness. I love that there is so much character and history in the space yet it has a great deal of flair about it," Kalpou said.

"The interior was based upon insertion of elements such as the bar, the private dining room and the fireplace alcoves, all giving the voluminous space a sense of intimacy and theatricality," said Hamish Guthrie of Hecker Guthrie.

The Old Library's furnishings have been finessed by top stylist Sibella Court - with a balance between modern style and old school flair, from the main dining room to the book and fire-place alcoves.

Despite the designer backdrop, the real heart of The Old Library is the contemporary Italian fare, served "without compromising the integrity of the cucina," said Kalpou.

Head Chef David Magill, along with cuisine partner, celebrity chef Danny Russo have developed traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist, designed according to the best seasonal produce of the moment.

The Old Library's Winter Menu (available from 17th May 2012) will take diners on an indulgent taste journey.

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