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OMGD at The Roosevelt

25 September 2013 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0

As per the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (NSW Bailliage) Refund & Substitutions Policy, if for any reason you are unable to attend this event after you have purchased a ticket, we will give you a full refund upon receipt of an email to events@chaine-nsw.org requesting a cancellation, as long as it is received by 5pm, Tuesday, 17 September 2013. No refund is possible after this time. However, you will be able to substitute someone else in your place up until the event. In this instance, please email events@chaine-nsw.org to ensure your substitutions have correct place cards and/or name badges.

Sam Giddings, Vice Echanson, invites you to join the OMGD at The Roosevelt in Potts Point for a unique cocktail dégustation and banquet on 25 September 2013 at 6:30pm.

Tickets to this exclusive event are very limited, with only 24 places available. The cost for members of Chaine and OMGD is $110 per person, and for all guests $120 per person.


Opened in 1947 by Abe Saffron, the Roosevelt in Potts Point was the most successful and infamous club in Australia. It brought a touch of Hollywood to town, with wonderfully produced shows, the likes of which had not been seen in Sydney: Sammy Davis Jr, Ella Fitzgerald and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra were flown in to perform.

The club became the most important stop for Sydney’s elite, including politicians, high-ranking police and judges. Early photos show Australia’s high society in attendance; the men dressed in double-breasted suits and hats and the ladies in evening gowns and furs. It was all glitz and glamour. The Roosevelt employed many interesting characters, including doormen and bouncers who became underworld figures. Abe Saffron had an ingenious solution to the problem of the prohibition of the sale of alcohol after 6pm: have the Roosevelt patrons place an order before the deadline and serve them their drinks later.

In addition to the booze available many a guest, male and female, came to the Roosevelt to quench their thirst for sex and gambling.

In 1954, the royal commission into liquor trading, conducted by the NSW Police Commissioner, declared the Roosevelt a ‘disorderly house’, guilty of various breaches in alcohol law. Saffron was forced to give up his licence and sell the Roosevelt (the venue was allowed to reopen once the new owners took over). Over the past six decades the Roosevelt has undergone multiple reincarnations and name changes, including a radio station and has been the home to various international restaurants.


25 September 2013
6:30 pm
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The Roosevelt
32 Orwell Street
Potts Point, New South Wales 2011 Australia
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