Bargara Beach Hotel is set to be the “most lavish” pub in the region after its rebuild is completed, according to general manager Greg Felgate.
In July last year Bargara Beach Hotel, owned by Bargara Hotel Operations, sustained significant damage due to a non-suspicious fire.
Greg said the historic hotel was damaged to such an extent it had to be demolished.
He said it was decided that bigger and better was the only way to go and he was excited about the plans to reopen by October this year.
“We are ready to go and expect to start the rebuild in early February,” Greg said.
“Once complete it will be one of the best hotels in the region.”
New Bargara Beach Hotel design
Greg said the new hotel would be completely different from the original Bargara Beach Hotel.
It's being designed by builder Paynters, who have an award winning, 60-year history in the building industry.
“It’s nothing like it was,” Greg said.
“It is going to be very lavish, air-conditioned throughout, a large dining area, big screen televisions and a cocktail bar.
“We see it as being one of the best hotels in the regions.”
Greg remained tight lipped on the interior design and said he wanted it to be a surprise for the community, as he jokingly added that he may have to start wearing a suit and tie to work each day when the Bargara Beach Hotel reopens.
Bargara Hotel Operations also own Kacy's Motel Bargara and Greg said although there may be rumours about the accommodation at Bargara Beach Hotel being revamped, he said rebuilding the pub was the number one priority.
“At this stage we are not releasing anything to do with the inside of the pub,” he said.
“We are keeping it under wrap to surprise the community.
“But what I can say is it is going to be unbelievable, very swish and something never seen before in the region here.”
Fast track construction
Paynters developed a concept design for the rebuild, working closely with Bargara Hotel Operations.
“Proposing initiatives aimed at fast tracking construction, in order to have the hotel up and running as soon as possible, including potentially salvaging the existing slab and sub-structural elements,” a Paynters spokesperson said.
“With the architectural form needing to be sympathetic to surrounding aesthetic and scale, the rebuilt hotel will include a new internal bar/restaurant area with large alfresco deck and landscaping addressing the street.
“Internally, the hotel’s food and beverage service areas will feature a sports bar, a cocktail lounge, tab, DOSA (designated outdoor smoking area) and gaming room as well as supporting BOH, kitchen and amenities areas.
“This is going to be a fantastic venue for Bundaberg, and we look forward to seeing this one come to fruition.”
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