New hotel takes shape in Ballina
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org WHEN John and Jenny Partridge look at the construction site on the corner of River and Moon streets, Ballina, they see a huge pile of potential.
Busy trades people are working hard to build the new Hotel Henry Rous – a modern-looking watering hole expected to lift the profile of Ballina’s pub scene.
The hotel is being built on the site of the old Henry Rous Tavern, which was demolished amongst some controversy late last year.
But the new owners are now looking forward to an exciting future.
“When I look at it, I picture everybody in here having a good time,” Jenny, of Nambucca Heads, said.
“It will be somewhere% everyone can call ‘their pub’.” Patrons can expect to see the hotel completed by the end of March, with a grand opening to follow soon after.
The Partridges, who co-own the Hotel Henry Rous with business partners Steve and Chris McEvoy, were also involved with the development of the Federal Hotel at Bellingen and the Coast Hotel at Coffs Harbour.
Their new pub at Ballina will have extensive use of glass, timber bifold entry doors, timber decks and a stainless steel fit-out.
The ground floor will be serviced from a central bar and will include a TAB area, elevated lounge rea, bistro, front deck, outdoor dining area, men’s and women’s amenities and a gaming room. There will also be off-street car parking.
The first floor will include a storage area, cool room and toilet and shower facilities for the managers and staff.
John said the owners had decided to keep ‘Henry Rous’ in the pub’s title, because it was a piece of Ballina’s history. He said there would be a big focus on good food.
“Our other pubs in Coffs and Bellingen have won awards for their bistros and we intend to keep with that theme,” he said.
Jenny said the colour scheme would be bright and ‘with a rainforest feel to it’.
The 1936-built Henry Rous Tavern was demolished in August last year to make way for the new hotel.
At the time, local history buffs tried unsuccessfully to save the exterior art deco of the tavern, saying it had cultural and heritage significance.
Keep an eye out for details about the grand opening for the new Hotel Henry Rous.