WAITING TO SHAKE: At the new cocktail lounge Reels at Rous, in the Rous Hotel in Lismore, the bar manager Dave Anderson is w
WAITING TO SHAKE: At the new cocktail lounge Reels at Rous, in the Rous Hotel in Lismore, the bar manager Dave Anderson is w

Cocktails put on hold

By NERIDA BLOK

Red tape delays opening of $300,000lounge and bar

DAVE Anderson is ready to shake and stir cocktails but the lack of a liquor licence is holding up the opening of the new cocktail and lounge bar in Lismore.

Reels at Rous is the upstairs addition to The Rous Hotel in Keen Street.

Mr Anderson said he expected to be able to open the $300,000 renovation of the former vacant storage area at the end of October.

"Basically there's a four to six week delay in Sydney for getting licences through," he said.

"I don't think it's an isolated problem. It's a complicated process but there must be that many down there ? that's why it's taking so long."

He said the cocktail bar, which was named with the cinema across the road in mind, aimed to fill a void in the local hospitality market.

"We thought Lismore didn't have a place to go out with your wife or your girlfriend for a pre or after dinner drink," he said.

"Somewhere to drink without the tabs running, pokies in the other ear ? just not in a public bar."

He said they did open the bar under a function licence for Lismore race day.

"That was really good," Mr Anderson said.

"It's given us a bit of time after race-day to sort things out. It was a good night to cut our teeth on." What do you think?

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