Changes afoot for Kokomo’s with mysterious rebrand announcement imminent

Max O'Driscoll 18 November 2021 12
Boarded up bar

Kokomos is currently undergoing a makeover. Photo: Lottie Twyford.

Secrecy surrounds the future of one of Canberra’s most popular nightspots and restaurants – Kokomo’s in Civic.

But there are plenty of hints online about how the venue will emerge when it reopens. Will it become The Pearl or Wilma?

The windows are boarded up, the Kokomo’s Facebook page has changed its name to The Pearl and a mysterious Instagram account has been named Wilma. Both The Pearl and Wilma list the old Kokomo’s 1 Genge Street address as their location.


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Kokomo’s owners, brothers Peter and Michael Harrington, and their team, have remained tight-lipped on the future of the venue, although a formal announcement is expected within the next two weeks.

A spokesperson for the Harrington’s told Region Media that the new venue would be “completely different” from the current one.

The Harrington family has decades of experience in the Canberra hospitality scene, currently running the Akiba restaurant in Civic and Sage Dining Rooms in Braddon.

It is rumoured Wilma will serve Asian BBQ like the pop-up restaurant Krakatoa, which operated alongside Kokomo’s.


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The rebrand is likely an attempt to distance the site from high-profile incidents such as the stabbing murder of Canberra Comanchero boss Pitasoni Ulavalu at Kokomo’s in July last year.


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12 Responses to Changes afoot for Kokomo’s with mysterious rebrand announcement imminent
Neenie Baines Neenie Baines 5:41 pm 19 Nov 21

Hope they’re keeping all the beautiful tiles…..

Aaron Still Aaron Still 4:17 pm 19 Nov 21

Time to wash some cash 😉

John Moulis John Moulis 2:21 pm 19 Nov 21

Canberra people are notoriously resistant to name changes and rebranding. People still called ICBM the Private Bin right up until it closed, and I don't need to mention the Hyperdome and Woden Plaza…

Barnaby Walpole Barnaby Walpole 10:49 am 19 Nov 21

Eleanor GD Olivia Thomas Jackie Gallagher you were right E.

    Eleanor GD Eleanor GD 12:20 pm 19 Nov 21

    Barnaby Walpole I’m always right. Why are people always surprised

    Eleanor GD Eleanor GD 7:12 pm 19 Nov 21

    Barnaby Walpole we’re still booked in for December so fingers crossed

Andrea Mya Riboust Andrea Mya Riboust 10:22 am 19 Nov 21

Alexander Górecki Socratis Winter oh no what a sad loss to Canberra night-life. It was so classy and tasteful 😏

    Alexander Górecki Alexander Górecki 12:42 pm 19 Nov 21

    Andrea the food court nightlife is no more...

Tiger Reeves Tiger Reeves 9:38 am 19 Nov 21

Can't wait for the grand opening of Help Me Rhonda's

Eilidh Donaldson Eilidh Donaldson 9:23 am 19 Nov 21

Emma Mutty Sammie Hagel Laura Maree ohnooooo

Katie St Clair Katie St Clair 9:17 am 19 Nov 21

Liz Savoy no more martini’s !! 😱

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