Free rent deal for whoever gives 'old girl' a bit of TLC
THE owners of Maryborough's historic Royal Hotel are offering six months free rent on the building for someone to "get the old girl up and running".
Joseph and Robyn Lorenz are not publicans and have no desire to run a hotel, but they are keen to see the premises returned to its glory days.
"I'm willing to give six months free rent. If someone can make a go of it, I'm willing to help them out," Mr Lorenz said.
"All it needs is a bit of a clean-up and paint the walls. All of the equipment is there."
The couple have suggested the pub could become a wine or piano bar, or a take-away food shop.
"Just to get the old girl up and running. She's had a holiday," Mrs Lorenz said.
"That's the way I look at it. She was running for years and years, now she's had her rest.
"It's time for a new lease on life."
The Royal Hotel has held the longest licence in the region and has six separate titles.
Edgar Aldridge's Bush Inn was relocated in 1856 from its original Maryborough town site in Baddow to the corner of Kent and Bazaar Sts, and Mr Edgar renamed the hotel the Royal in 1863.