Sunrise Beach getting new bar and bottle shop for Christmas
IT'S the pub with no beer - but it won't stay that way for long.
The Sun Bistro is under construction on Bayshore Drive, Sunrise Beach, and by Christmas the beer will be flowing on Byron Bay's newest bistro, bar and drive-through bottle shop.
And if the building looks familiar to some, that is because it is the former function room recycled from the North Byron Beach Resort down the road, which is being re-developed.
The building was moved in four pieces in May, then reconstructed at its new location with additions and modifications, including extended decking and an extension to accommodate the drive-through bottle shop.
Timber is a strong feature of the original building, with additional decking, recycled Australian hardwood beams, steps and decking around the veranda and local stone walls continuing the theme.
Pulling the project together is local firm Bennett Constructions, which was awarded the contract in June.
"This is a unique job and we needed to find a contractor who would work with us to a stringent timeframe and with a capability to think outside the box," development director Jeremy Holmes said.
Bennett Constructions' project supervisor at the Sun Bistro, Alan Campbell, said working on the building - originally constructed in 1995 - had been a unique job for the company used to working on commercial and apartment buildings in concrete.
"We don't get to do a lot of jobs that involve so much hardwood and carpentry work," Mr Campbell said.
"A lot of buildings these days are all concrete, not a lot of hardwood. This building has great finishes."
When the Sun Bistro construction is completed it will comprise a bistro, bar, children's playground, landscaped gardens, bottle shop with drive through, parking for 61 cars and 30 bicycles and storage and service areas.
The bistro has been designed to service the local residents and businesses from the Arts and Industry Estate, with Byron Bay chef Sam Garde to head the bistro team.
Family-friendly, fresh cuisine at affordable prices would be on the menu, Mr Garde said.