A ROYTON pub is closing down and landlord Vinnie Caira is delighted.
Drinkers will be quaffing their last pints and diners eating final meals at the Halfway House on Rochdale Road on Sunday, June 23.
But there is no need for concern because the distinctive JW Lees pub will re-open again on Wednesday, July 24 having undergone a major refurbishment costing in excess of £130,000.
And it is happening less than 12 months since proud Vinnie took over.
“I am very excited and very pleased that the work is finally going ahead,” he told the Correspondent. “It will look amazing.
“It will make an impact because the regulars are genuinely interested in how it is going to look.
“I only took over on August 21 last year so it shows we have managed to turn the pub round and we are doing well.”
During the four weeks of its closure the Halfway House will receive a complete makeover including the demolition of four walls followed by new furniture, lighting, carpets, and toilets. And that’s just internally.
Outside the pub will be re-painted with new lighting and signage erected.
“Everything is being done, basically. It is getting a complete refurbishment of the pub.”
The Halfway House is handed back to Vinnie and his staff on Monday, July 22 though eager customers will have to wait another 48 hours to see the results.
“We have all the stock to put back up, the glassware to put back, bring in the fresh food and do any little bits of cleaning that might be needed.
“So, we are re-opening on Wednesday, July 24.”