The pub and bottle shop closed as Falvey’s Grand Hotel Yamanto when COVID-19 restrictions were enforced near the start of the year.
For many it was a blow but in a stroke of luck for Falvey’s, the hotel was right on schedule to close for a $6 million renovation.
The renamed Falvey’s Hotel Yamanto has reopened after the five month shut down as a rejuvenated modern venue.
Second generation publican Michael Falvey said despite uncertain times the new Falvey’s Hotel Yamanto was in a growth area and he had full confidence investing in the area.
“The upgrades will allow the hotel to become an entertainment and dining hub to rival the biggest venues in town,” he said.
Every element in the new-look hotel is a nod to the Ipswich region.
“We have knocked out as many walls as we can to create new dining areas,” Mr Falvey said.
“This open plan area is complimented by warm timber, lush leather seating and concrete finishes with both large communal tables as well as intimate banquet booth seating.
“The bar is now central to both the outside and inside dining areas and we offer a beer garden and café bar as well as gaming.
“Not only have we been able to create a more sustainable building, we have also focussed on local produce.”
The bottle shop has been replaced by an entertainment space that has a capacity for 1,500 people.
“We can’t open that to capacity yet because of covid restrictions but I plan on offering national and international acts, if they are big we will try and have them here,” he said.
“It’s called the Playroom which is a tribute to the iconic Playroom at Tallebudgera back in the 60s to 80s.
“Both of my parents had a great time down there and I’d heard all the stories.
“We have a similar set up here and I’d like to gain a similar reputation as a vibrant social and entertainment hub.”