Historic Central Highlands pub reborn
YOU will want to pull up a chair for a cold one at the Bluff Hotel this year.
The historic pub on the Capricorn Hwy serving Bluff residents and tourists is set to receive a revamp and restoration of its reputation.
Owner and licensee Graham Emzin has owned the pub for the past seven years, and said he came out of retirement halfway through last year to personally re-establish the pub, which was lacking the "basic services that a good country pub should possess".
"The hotel had become degraded to the point where local patrons were unhappy and had given their business to Blackwater and beyond," Graham said.
Already the pub has had a huge makeover with the kitchen reopened, an espresso machine installed, upgraded air-conditioning, better gaming facilities, renovations to the accommodation, a bottle shop and catering available.
He said they were working hard with local community groups to hold functions, and had sponsored the Bluff Rabbitohs rugby league team.
"We're trying to reinforce those community values again," Graham said.
"We've got Australia Day coming up, and the Bluff races… we have plenty of fun planned and Australia Day will be our first one for the year."
Live music is set to be a permanent fixture along with the building of two new decks, a mini TAB for punters, a lunch menu, pizza oven and a gallery featuring the works of local Aboriginal artists.