Lismore pub undergoes facelift
By NERIDA BLOK
SAM ALAEDDIN and Greg Richardson are working 24-hour shifts to open their half-million dollar refurbishment of the former Lismore Metropole Hotel by the end of the month.
The pair, from Brisbane and Sydney, are coowners of the renamed standard hotel in Keen Street.
They say their joint business venture was something new for the city and would not go head-to-head with existing competition.
"We're a lounge bar," said Mr Alaeddin, who is also the hotel's new general manager.
"We're not a nightclub, not a pub. We're somewhere in between."
Mr Richardson, 35, said he took over as licensee of The Metropole last week after negotiating since May this year with former hotel licensee and building owner Donald Yung.
"I think it's the best room in town," he said.
"It needed a lot of work, but I saw potential."
The modernised venue includes a front bar, back bar, beer garden, smoking areas and a 'breathe easy' area, as well as state of the art sound and vision equipment.
"There won't be any live bands. It's just DJs," Mr Richardson said.
"It will just be a selection of the Top 40, R'n'B and commercial dance."
The pair said they were excited about opening up a business in Lismore.
"I lived in Lismore from 1992 to 1997. I was the resident DJ at the Powerhouse Nightclub," Mr Richardson said.
Mr Alaeddin, 36, said he also spent a lot of time at the Powerhouse and just 'loved' the city.
"I always have," he said.
They said they greatly appreciated the help they received from Lismore City Council.
"We actually sat down with council and asked what we needed to do and they gave us a list," Mr Alaeddin said.
"They've been great."
The standard hotel is expected to open in late October or early November.
It will operate from Wednesday to Saturday, from 4.30pm to 3am.
Mr Alaeddin said they had already hired about half of the 20 staff they required.
Anyone wishing to apply for bar staff, table waiting or security positions can email Mr Alaeddin at sam@stan- dardhotel.com.au