Winsome back in business
After a temporary closure the Winsome Hotel is re-opening again this Friday, February 10, and will then be pumping beer every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
The iconic 81-year-old Lismore hotel has been closed since January 7 while owner Dallas Bayley took a break from the intensive renovations. He has so far spent $1.5 million on restoring the old pub, and is now completing the upstairs part of the hotel at a cost of around $500,000.
Mr Bayley is also seeking planning approval for another $600,000 worth of additions, which include a lift, a swimming pool with a horizon edge on the second floor, new womens toilets and a new kitchen. However, despite months of intensive labour to restore the building, Mr Bayley is now looking for someone else to take over his pet project.
Im looking for someone to take a lease on the Winsome, Mr Bayley said. Im happy to continue being the owner but I dont have time for day-to-day management. I want to spend more time in Sydney and do some travelling.
Mr Bayley expects the renovations to be finished by April 1. The hotel will then boast 17 bedrooms upstairs with a verandah bar and restaurant, and extended room for competition pool downstairs.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the re-opening, the Winsome is offering a dollar off the price of beer throughout February. Vouchers are available at the bar.