The Beach House Hotel site manager John Lynam stands in front of the bottle shop under construction on the Scarness Esplanade site.
The Beach House Hotel site manager John Lynam stands in front of the bottle shop under construction on the Scarness Esplanade site. Valerie Horton

It'll be June or July before pub starts serving drinks again

THE regulars will have to wait a while longer before rekindling their love affair with the Beach House Hotel.

Now part-way through the $6 million Scarness rebuild, Carriers Arms manager Gary Gilbert expects many months more to pass before the new pub is unveiled.

"I certainly don't expect it to be in the first half of next year, it depends how much we can get done this year," Mr Gilbert said.

"Because we've got a heap of in-ground works to do, I think June or July will be the earliest."

Despite much work remaining, a drive-through bottle shop at the rear of the site partially complete.

Mr Gilbert said the shop was in line with current trends and would be large but comparable on prices.

He said the rest of the redevelopment would remain as previously announced, and include a function centre upstairs for 400 people, a car park, bistro and cafe, gaming room and outdoor decks.

Fraser Coast's Warren Persal, who owns Maryborough's Carriers Arms and Handyhire/Wide Bay Crane Hire, bought the pub for $4m from rugby league identity Norm Provan last year.

Development works have been under way since April.

The new Beach House

  • Bought for $4 million
  • $6 million redevelopment
  • 400-person function room with ocean views
  • Outdoor decks
  • Cafe/bistro
  • Gaming room
  • Drive-through bottle shop


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