Kandanga Hotel rebuild within reach, five months after fire
A NEW future for the Kandanga Hotel is within reach for owners Doug and Carolyn Greensill, five months after their iconic pub burned to the ground.
The pair have since been operating out of the former hotel's storage shed, but uncertainty over insurance had them in limbo until this week, when they were told the insurance company had finally signed off on the payout.
"It looks like it's all going through, finally," Mrs Greensill said.
"It should only be a matter of a couple of weeks before we see our money."
Mr Greensill had already consulted with council, and said they were incredibly supportive.
"They want it to happen as much as all the locals," he Greensill said.
Builders are drawing up plans for the new hotel, and Mr and Mrs Greensill already have a vision of how their pub will be revived: a mix of old and new.
"Being a timber town, we'd like to keep a timber bar and timber wall features inside," Mr Greensill said.
"It'll be very modern, with all the new taps."
The new premise will be further back from the road, with a grassed area out the front for children to play.
The veranda will be larger to allow for more outdoor seating.
Accommodation upstairs may eventually be available.
"Our main aim is to get the bar and kitchen side of it up and running, and the rest will come later, if need be," Mr Greensill said.
"It depends how the dollars are coming."
They're not sure how much the rebuild will cost, or how long construction will take, but they'd love to have the new hotel open in time for Christmas.
"We'd only be guessing, but the builder did say he thought six months, but it could take nine months," Mr Greensill said.
In the meantime, the pub's temporary premises have been doing well, with plenty of local support.
"This has served its purpose, it's been great," Mrs Greensill said.