Rita came from a family
of several siblings who were
involved in the Sydney hospitality industry.
She was the licensee/owner of several high profile
Public Houses around the city. Rita was a ‘roll up your sleeves’
kinda girl and set out to renovate several
Sydney landmark hotels, beginning with
The Kent Hotel in Palmer Street.
Later Rita moved onto
The Wortley in Balmain, The Tilbury in
Woolloomooloo and The Star in Balmain.
In 1976 Rita decided to rename The Star
and called the establishment
The Cat and Fiddle.
Rita’s Bar and Kitchen
The Hotel has a long and
significant history embedded in
the fabric of Balmain.
The Cat and Fiddle has now
undergone another exciting renaissance
with the new owners dedicating the naming of the
restaurant to Rita –as ‘Rita’s Bar and Kitchen’,
in appreciation of her hard work, vision and untiring
connection to the local Balmain community.