Vision unveiled

HOT SPOT: Emerald’s Leichhardt Hotel promises to deliver a fresh new venue to the town. cont

THE latest incarnation of Emerald’s Leichhardt Hotel promises to be “unlike anything the town has seen before”.

Twice burnt down in its chequered history last century, the pub’s new owners have kept Emerald intrigued about what’s been going on behind closed doors for more than three months.

With a bevy of tradespeople going hammer and tong on the interior refurbishment, the group behind the Leichhardt’s new lease on life is confident of meeting its deadline of opening in the first week of April.

“The property is going to offer a restaurant, 40-person accommodation, a nightclub, children’s room, private function room and a front bar,” said a spokesperson for the owners, IVPC Pty Ltd.

“The clientele will be broad-based, ranging from catering for the young to the more mature client and featuring a lot of regular live entertainment and bands from Brisbane as well as locally sourced musicians.

“The venue is going to create its own atmosphere and it will be unlike anything seen in Emerald before.

“We are planning on having a strict dress code for the premises which will be adhered to with collared shirts of an evening to encourage a safer and more enjoyable environment.

“The renovations have incorporated many new features but retained some of the old world charm the hotel previously had.”

The spokesperson said the majority of the construction and rebuilding work on the hotel, which closed in 2006, had been completed, with refrigerated air-conditioning installed throughout.

The 18-unit accommodation, with shared bathroom facilities, will open in late March.

A 24-seater courtesy bus has also been secured to ferry patrons to and from the hotel.

The spokesperson said the flooding in the Central Highlands and road closures had minimal effect on the rebuilding timeline, impacting only on supply of some materials and delaying the project by less than a fortnight.

“Currently the builders are finishing off the new flooring throughout and the last part of the renovation will be the front facade on Clermont St which will hopefully lift the streetscape and encourage other property owners to do the same.”

The spokesperson said all local contractors had been used where possible for the supply of materials and labour.

The key appointments of general manager, chef and administration staff were in place, he added. The hotel will create 35 full and part-time jobs.

“The venue is going to create its own atmosphere and it will be unlike anything seen in Emerald before.”

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