The rebuilding of Bargara Beach Hotel is nearly finished, with the popular venue on track to reopen in November.
Bargara Beach Hotel general manager Greg Felgate said there's a buzz of excitement around Bargara as the big day draws nearer.
Greg said the pub will be the place to go for locals and tourist alike, catering for all occasions with diverse areas including a sports bar and cafe.
“It’s exciting times ahead for us, as it really is going to be an outstanding venue,” Greg said.
“Everything is going to plan, and it's going to be a great family venue.”
Greg said there will be a few surprises when the doors reopen for the first time since the devastating fire which caused significant damage to the historic hotel in July last year.
The rebuild started in January. Artist impressions are now being slowly released of the various areas, showing the lavish design which Greg says will help bring Bargara back to life.
The gallery offers a sneak peek of what to expect, including a deck with ocean views, an open-plan bistro and a beer garden with an incorporated children’s play area.
The venue will hold up to 500 patrons compared with the previous 300-person capacity.
Annie’s Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge has been named after Anne Daly, who was a director of the company, and in the industry for more than 40 years. Anne’s sons Grant and Paul Daly are now the directors.
Annie's Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge
“We will definitely be open in time for Christmas, with a layout that will impress,” Greg said.
“There will be the combined beer garden and child’s play area, along with a beautiful deck where everyone can sit and take in the coastal lifestyle of Bargara.
“Bargara Beach Hotel will deliver something no other venue in the Wide Bay has to offer.”
The adjoining accommodation has also had a makeover.
Greg said the refurbished motel now offers 12 modern rooms, which are all fully air-conditioned and will be ready for the hotel reopening.
The new Bargara Beach Hotel was designed by builder Paynters, who have an award-winning, 60-year history in the building industry.