Coming soon: Iconic pub's transformation begins
IT'S been one of the Sunshine Coast's landmarks for 28 years, a must-do stopping place for travellers on the journeys around Australia.
The much anticipated, multi-million dollar redevelopment of The Pub at Palmview is now under way, with the first stage of the 12-18 month project at the iconic destination beginning.
Built in 1989, the former Ettamogah Pub will be transformed into a modern, family-orientated, destination, which its owners believe will be renowned for its coastal tropical feel with a strong emphasis on local produce, art, culture, sport and iconic symbols of Australia.
The Downunder Drive/Aussie World complex sees more than one million people engaging with the tourist precinct annually and up to 100,000 vehicles driving past every day.
Downunder Drive chief operating officer Aaron Flanagan said The Pub would continue to trade throughout the redevelopment with a number of in-house construction staff working on the project along with local suppliers and contractors.
"Where possible, we will be engaging local contractors and suppliers to ensure work stays on the Sunshine Coast," he said.
"And we're pleased that we can continue to trade throughout the redevelopment.
"This will ensure our pub staff remain employed and to service our growing band of local, national and international clients.
"We see The Pub as the unofficial entrance statement for those people travelling to the Sunshine Coast via the Bruce Highway.
"The new design is inspired from the Coast's people and our unique environment and we strongly believe the end result will be something that the whole region will be proud of."
The redeveloped Pub will double in size and includes an expanded balcony extending on the east side, wrapping around the southern and northern sides of the building.
There will be an extended alfresco front veranda, a tree-house themed guest lift to improve access to the restaurant level, new themed zones throughout all internal spaces, new furnishings and updated amenities to enhance the guest experience.
The new name for the redeveloped pub is yet to be revealed.
The Pub's new design has full blessings from Lindsay Cooper, the man who designed and built the original pub 28 years ago.
"I'm 67 years old and only people of my generation would really understand what the Ettamogah Pub was all about," he said.
"The young ones growing up today wouldn't have a clue and they think it's just a weird looking pub sitting out on the highway.
"Aussie World, as it stands now, has well and truly surpassed the attraction of the Ettamogah Pub, way more than people give it credit for.
"This new pub will be more people-friendly in the way of access and egress and will become a great dining and entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike."