The Lucindale Hotel opened its doors on Friday night for the first time since its closure earlier this year on March 20.
The hotel has undergone extensive renovation with the addition of a fresh modern look, and the infrastructure works to allow more natural light into the front bar area.
Modern features and fittings, coupled with a fresh coat of paint, gave the large local crowd a lot to appreciate over a cold beer last Friday. The atmosphere was festive as patrons had a yarn about their week and enjoyed their new surroundings.
A spokesperson for the freeholder owners Egremont Investments Pty Ltd said that the renovations were undertaken by local builder Jake Hartmann and all had gone to plan, with some minor works and finishing touches to be completed in the coming weeks.
The front bar is now filled with natural light for all the regulars, whilst the saloon bar is focused around the open fireplace and has a softer, more intimate feel.
Tom Rankine has been appointed as the new manager and is excited to be pulling a solid team together to operate the hotel.
On the atmosphere on opening night Tom remarked, “It is such a pleasure seeing the joy amongst the locals faces, they’ve finally got their pub back!”
The Lucindale community has been very patient over the past five months and it was clear that the community is overjoyed with having their beloved local hotel open again.
“It’s great to see the pub up and running again especially looking like this, it’s needed it for 20 years and its come up above all expectations! We’ve now got the best looking pub in the South East,” local Jamie ‘Pressy’ Press said.
Another local Andrew ‘Old Man Willy’ Williams said, “Job well done, a long overdue upgrade. It's good to have a pub in the town again.”
Management said that the Lucindale Hotel hopes to resume full operations very soon, with the opening of the dining room and kitchen planned for later this month.
Although the hotel is not yet offering meals, the Lucindale Football Club and Country Club have been filling the void and it is their understanding that this will continue until the kitchen reopened.
The Grand Opening of the Lucindale Hotel will be held from 6pm on Friday October 5 when the renovations are fully complete and full operations are resumed.
Tom and his staff are looking forward to welcoming all the regulars to the hotel, along with old patrons and many newcomers.
"The plan is to make it a destination hotel, that not only looks after our locals, but also gives the out-of-towners another reason to visit Lucindale!” Tom said.
"The community support has been outstanding, and we look forward to living up to their expectations and bringing new life to the local pub.”
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