WARREN Persal, a Maryborough-born man who "worked his guts out" all his life and became a multi-millionaire, will tear down Hervey Bay's historic Beach House Hotel in May and rebuild it.
The investment is $6 million on top of the $4 million he spent to acquire the property from football legend Norm Provan and a consortium last year.
Mr Persal, who owns the historic Carriers Arms in Alice St, Maryborough, has already spent $200,000 on giving the bar a fresh coat of paint, totally refurbishing the beer garden and introducing smart new furniture throughout.
"Frankly, this hotel was holding Scarness back," Mr Persal, 70, said yesterday.
"We couldn't leave it like it is, the layout is all wrong.
"We took the lounge furniture straight to the dump.
"But in May we'll pull down the whole place and build a stunning 2500sq m pub to be open by Christmas."
He said there would be no accommodation in the new two-storey complex.
"Hervey Bay has enough right now. We're building a new drive-through bottle shop, a function centre upstairs for 400, a car park, bistro and cafe, gaming room and outdoor decks."
Manager Paul Robins said the hotel might open a 'donga' to maintain bar service to regular patrons.
Mr Persal has hired KP Architects, which recently won an award for best hotel in Australia.
"We'll straighten this one out and it will be great," he said.
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