NEW FACES: Jamie Dowling and Charlie Sleeman   will work at Haven Bar  when it reopens.
NEW FACES: Jamie Dowling and Charlie Sleeman will work at Haven Bar when it reopens. Liana Turner

Haven back to business, but future of two pubs unknown

MURWILLUMBAH’S Haven Bar and restaurant will reopen on Friday, February 26 after a temporary closure.

The closure from last weekend due to “private matters” came at the same time as two of the town’s other pubs, the Imperial Hotel and Roundhouse Tavern closed their doors.

Haven Bar is still managed by Australian Radio Towers owner Andrew Price.

However, heading day-to-day operations from the reopening will be new team members Charlie Sleeman and Jamie Dowling, whom Tyalgum residents will recognise from their time at the general store.

Haven employee Kacey Clifford said the hotel had also taken advantage of the closure to make a few positive changes.

“We’ve taken the opportunity to finesse our menu,” Ms Clifford said.

She said the bar would return to its original Thursday-Sunday trading hours, with the potential for Monday jam nights in the future.

She said other local pubs, including the Courthouse Hotel, Riverview Tavern and Tyalgum Hotel had offered the business advice and expertise.

“They didn’t need to, but they’ve just been really helpful,” she said.

Mr Sleeman said live music would remain high on the agenda for Haven.

“I want to thank the community for their concern,” he said.

“We’re very thankful to be able to reopen in a relatively small period of time.”

Meanwhile, a resident has called for petitions against a service station proposed for the Roundhouse Tavern site on Tweed Valley Way. Submissions are open on the development application.

The venue’s management could not be reached, but one post on the Roundhouse Facebook page suggested last Saturday was the last night of trading.

Another said the bottle shop was operating “as normal” and the publicans were due back in early March.

Liquid Promotions founder Chris Delvaux,

who had booked Sydney punk band Skinpin for a show at the Imperial Hotel this week, said he had not been in touch with the owners since last drinks were served last Thursday, February 11.

Rumours have circulated the Imperial will reopen in two weeks but this was unconfirmed.

The Imperial Hotel was approached for comment.

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