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Rising Sun rises again

Friday, 16th March, 2018

Wayne Spencer and his son Jason with the staff Lauren Williams, India Broad, Trish Broad and Carmen McDonald Wayne Spencer and his son Jason with the staff Lauren Williams, India Broad, Trish Broad and Carmen McDonald

By Emily Roberts

One of the city’s oldest pubs, the Rising Sun, will reopen tonight just in time for St Pat’s.

The Rising Sun Hotel closed in 2016 after publican Ray Mason decided to pull up stumps.

Ray had spent 20 years behind the bar at the Sun and decided he would close the doors if he could not sell it by November of that year.

The closure of the Hillside and the Gasworks years ago had meant that Railwaytown and West Broken Hill were pub-less, except for the Excelsior.

The Rising Sun was built in 1884 and a number of local families have owned it over that time.

Now it’s the turn of father and son pair, Wayne and Jason Spencer, who will throw open the doors today at 4pm.

“We wanted to open up an old venue that should never have been closed,” Wayne said.

“It was too good of a hotel to close originally,” said Jason.

“When a hotel closes its doors, it’s not good for the town.

“By opening it again, we have created more jobs for the city. Already we have created five jobs.”

But, said Jason, the support of the locals was critical to its staying open.

Jason and Wayne said they were still recruiting at the moment and have had a lot of interest through job ads.

So far they have filled the chef position and employed three bar staff.

“We are looking for more bar staff,” Jason said. “We will also be doing bistro meals from 6pm until 8.30pm.”

For the first few weeks the bar will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 4pm to 10pm, and Thursday, Friday 4pm until late, then Saturday and Sunday from 11am until late.

“Once we get on our feet we will look at opening for lunch,” Wayne said. “But that depends on the patronage. They will determine what happens.”

Wayne said the local publicans had been very supportive and helpful.

“They want to see Broken Hill and business in the city survive as well.

“All previous regulars are more than welcome to return to their local.”

For tonight’s opening the Rising Sun will have a DJ who will be playing all over the St Pat’s weekend.

“We encourage everyone to come down and enjoy a cold beer and a meal,” Jason said.

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