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Tuesday 3 September 2019

Historic Brisbane pub reopens after fire

One of Brisbane's most historic pubs has reopened after a devastating fire.

The Port Office Hotel, which dates back 155 years, has been closed since January. 

Owners Nick and Megan Gregorski were badly hit by the fire, which followed two years of renovations to the property. 

The pub in Brisbane’s CBD was gutted by a fire that originated in the ground floor dining room kitchen. All patrons and staff were safely evacuated, but the fire quickly spread throughout the ceiling cavities, causing significant damage.

Seven months on the long timber front bar is serving up drinks and the award-winning Port Office Dining Room is open for lunch and dinner, under the guidance of executive chef Graham Waddell. 

On the first floor, the Colonial Bar is once more taking bookings for functions.

“Reopening after the January fire is a massive relief," said Nick Gregorski. "We’re excited now to be open and just so happy to see our customers back and to have things going again, to be working in the pub and doing what we love. 

“It’s such a beautiful pub and we were so devastated and stressed for the last six months, so relief is probably the biggest feeling we have right now.”

The Port Office Hotel has survived three major floods since 1893, and been rebuilt several times. The property is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.

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