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Big new plans for old pub

Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

By Erica Visser

 One of the city’s historic pubs is set to be demolished and rebuilt as a modern motel.

The Silver Spade Hotel Motel, on the corner of Bromide and Argent streets, will officially close towards the end of the month before undergoing a major transformation.

Owners Wayne and Ruth Stubbings are now in preparation mode, with the demolition of the hotel scheduled for February.

Mrs Stubbings said that it was hoped the hotel would be rebuilt around midyear, along with 12 extra motel rooms.

The new hotel will also feature a smaller, fashionable bar and a restaurant and conference room.

“It will be a great addition because we’re very busy during the tourist season. We’re turning a lot of trade away. It’s feast or famine in Broken Hill so we’re trying to capitalise on the busy times,” Mrs Stubbings said.

“It means we can cater for more people and for conferences and tour groups.

“We’re looking at bringing the place down in February and putting it back up in June sometime.

“The motel itself will still be functioning throughout the entire time.” 

Mrs Stubbings said that she and Wayne had been looking to renovate the pub for the past three years.

“I think it’s just the time to modernise - it’s very exciting,” she said.

“We’re hoping to hang on to our core customers because they’re very loyal but we’re also wanting to attract some new ones.”

Mrs Stubbings said that the pub may also be given a new name.

“I don’t think a huge amount has happened here since the seventies. It’s just survived and been a big old pub.”

The pub was built in 1888 as the Criterion Hotel before being rebranded the Silver Spades.

Mrs Stubbings said that she felt good about investing in Broken Hill, where she comes from and where her children grew up.

“It’s an interesting time to live here and we’re not going anywhere. Our children have grown up here.”

She said that she hoped the “dust had settled” after the renovations in time for the St Pat’s races next year.

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