PUBCO MOVE FORWARD WITH RAILWAY CLUB EXPANSION

In Changing Times by Clyde Mooney

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Victoria’s PubCo is a step closer to its reinvigorated Railway Club Hotel, with the opening of Chase Nightclub, in the former Terminus Hotel next door.

The two pubs sit side-by-side on Station Street, Seymour, around 100 kilometres north of Melbourne, the Railway Club a handsome white art-deco building, the two-storey Victorian Filigree-style Terminus adorned with iron lacework and an ornate parapet.

PubCo has been renovating the sites, incorporating the Terminus into a broader offering that now sees a state-of-the-art nightclub in the stately brick building.

Retaining the façade, the old hotel has been gutted and Chase Nightclub now occupies the front third. It boasts striking LED lighting through the entrance and inside, inspired by science fiction classic Tron. The number of taps has been nearly doubled to 40, and multiple service areas will cater to patronage.

Chase opened last Friday night to a hoard of ecstatic locals, and will operate every Friday and Saturday night.

But expanding on appeal for the venue, the nightclub can be repurposed as an elegant function space, or sectioned off entirely and closed during the week.

Although the balance of the former hotel is not yet complete, the deck and beer garden at the rear are already being incorporated into the Railway Club, with a renovated kitchen, a bar, amenities and 75-inch televisions.

PubCo operates thirteen venues in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, incorporating all facets of hotel hospitality.

The group has not yet revealed final details for the multi-million dollar Railway Club/Terminus project. PubTIC was unable to make contact in time for publication.

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