The old post office in Main St, Alstonville, will reopen as a restaurant, 86 on Main, in mid-April.
The old post office in Main St, Alstonville, will reopen as a restaurant, 86 on Main, in mid-April. Rebecca Lollback

Major changes under way at popular Alstonville cafes

TWO of Alstonville's most iconic Main Street eateries - The Blue Shop and the old post office - have closed while undergoing renovations.

A sign on the window of The Blue Shop explains that it is under new management and will re-open soon.

In the meantime, the interior has been stripped and is now undergoing major refurbishments.

 

The Blue Shop in Alstonville is under new management and is being renovated.
The Blue Shop in Alstonville is under new management and is being renovated. Rebecca Lollback

The old post office was most recently the home of Quattro, but new signage installed last week has revealed the restaurant will be called 86 on Main.

"We will be closed for minor upgrades but will reopen mid April for breakfast and lunch seven days," a sign outside the building explains.

The restaurant is also looking for staff, including kitchen hands, chefs, cooks, wait staff and bar staff.

The old post office is one of Alstonville's oldest buildings and is now heritage listed.

According to the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society, it was Alstonville's fourth post office.

It opened in 1908 with Hugh McBarron in charge. The building included an office and three bedrooms, living room, kitchen and outhouses.

Notable changes occurred to the building in the 1980s when the original entrance on the eastern side was enclosed and a new entrance formed on the western corner.

The post office operations moved out in 1997 and the building was sold.



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