Lismore pub to reopen after renovations
By NERIDA BLOK
ONE of Lismore's main pubs, the Metropole Hotel, is expected to reopen this weekend after being closed for the past four weeks.
The future of the Keen Street pub has been the subject of much speculation after it failed to reopen for business following the recent Lismore flood.
However, a spokeswoman for the owner, Donald Yung, yesterday said the hotel was being redecorated and would reopen 'as soon as possible'.
"We will try to reopen as soon as possible, hopefully this weekend if we can," she said. "We are very busy, but we are trying our best to reopen this weekend."
Asked if the Metropole's temporary closure had affected trading at other Lismore hotels, publicans said it hadn't.
New Tattersalls leasee Dave De Nardi said his hotel, located next door to the Metropole, had a very different clientele.
"Not at all," he said.
"We're more a locals pub here, whereas they chase the university crowd.
"We don't have highs and lows, it's just all steady here."
Mary Gilhooleys licensee Brad Stamp expressed a similar sentiment.
"The closure of the Metropole hasn't noticeably impacted on my trade at all," he said.
"Not in any shape or form."
Mr Stamp said his hotel ca tered to a different market.
"The Met looks after a slightly more alternate crowd ? we're more commercial," he said.
"We cater more to the masses."