Gollan Hotel: 'We've got a few decisions to make'
UPDATE 10.50am: FEARS that the Gollan Hotel has closed for good may be overblown.
No decision has been made on the future of the pub at this stage despite its indefinite closure following the Lismore flood.
A source close to the owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said rumours it was never reopening were false.
At this stage the venue would remain closed for at least three months, until the pub's future was assessed.
"We've got a few decisions to make," the source said.
"Look at the size of the building, it can't be up and running overnight.
"Everything has to be assessed and the staff can't just wait around."
One of the options on the table is to refurbish the venue with a new interior, which might also include installing marine grade materials to ensure it is more resilient in a flood.
"At the moment, we're still looking very positive."
THURSDAY 6.20am: ONE of Lismore's oldest pubs is set to stay closed for "the foreseeable future" due to the recent floods, it has been announced.
The Gollan Hotel, on the corner of Keen and Woodlark Streets, will not reopen at this time after the devastating March 31 flood.
The Gollan is most well known for its history of live music, and for being the hotel where Queen Elizabeth stayed during her visit to Lismore in 1954.
"It is with great regret that due to the damage caused by Debbie and the flood that followed we will be closed for the foreseeable future," the management wrote on Facebook last night.
"We would like to thank all of our loyal patrons that became part of our Gollan family.
"Special thanks to all the talented local musicians and entertainers that played and performed at the Gollan Hotel.
"To the sporting clubs and teams that we sponsored, sadly this unforeseen event means we can no longer continue this support, and for that we can only apologise.
"Thanks to everyone for all the good times had at the Gollan Hotel.
"Sincerely, staff and management of the Gollan Hotel
"As INXS would say, 'Debbie can never tear us apart!'"
Locals reacted with shock and sadness at the news.
"Very sorry. The Gollan has been an iconic part of Lismore's history," Katrina Hume said
"Sorry to hear and such a big loss to Lismore .Good luck for the future to all the staff," Lynne Schrader said.
"Sorry to hear this news, a big loss to the live music scene in Lismore," Rhonda Smith said.😟
"We are very grateful to the Gollan for doing so much to develop the local music scene," music duo Watling & Bates said.