Iconic pub to receive facelift

AN iconic hotel in the heart of Hobart has received a new lease on life, with Australian Venue Co (AVC) having taken over operations of the Telegraph Hotel.

Closed since April this year, the Telegraph Hotel will undertake works to restore the heritage venue prior to reopening to the community.

The Telegraph Hotel was first built in 1858 and is in a prime location near the waterfront of Hobart’s CBD.

The renovation will aim to celebrate the rich history of this heritage hotel, creating a high-quality local’s pub that will lie at the heart of the community.

The underutilised second floor will be converted into a dining space with a fresh pub dining menu.

The downstairs area will remain a public bar with a refreshed look and feel.

AVC has a track record of restoring heritage and landmark pub venues and recently acquired and reopened the Sarah Sands Hotel in Brunswick, Melbourne with a multi-million renovation after the venue had been closed for four years.

Other AVC venues of note include Middle Park Hotel and O’Connell’s.

AVC chief executive officer Paul Waterson said the acquisition of the Telegraph Hotel in Hobart was an exciting venue to add to the group’s growing portfolio.

“The Telegraph Hotel is the first AVC investment in the Tasmanian market and we are excited to bring an iconic Hobart venue into the fold,” he said.

“With more than 160 venues across Australia and New Zealand, it was high time that we invested in a Tasmanian pub.

“We’re passionate about bringing beautiful old pubs back to life and continuing their legacy in the local community.

“We’ve got a great track record for investing significantly in our pubs, updating them for the modern customer while preserving their heritage.

“The pub will undergo some renovations to refresh the venue before we open doors later this year.”

Mr Waterson said they would be looking to hire and train local for a reopening before the end of the year.

“AVC will be looking to build our venue team for both front and back of house during the renovations,” he said.

“We will hire and train locally so we are ready for a reopening before the end of the year.”

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