Loretta Smith at Charlies (above); INSET: The pool room.
Loretta Smith at Charlies (above); INSET: The pool room. Renee Pilcher

Charlies gets a big new look

THE doors might have been closed for the past nine weeks but Charlie’s Hotel has reopened with a new look following a revitalisation.

The refurbishment scheme will see the hotel’s facilities, interiors and beer garden revamped to restaurant standard.

Owners Scott and Jenny Davy would not disclose the total cost of the renovation to The Gympie Times, but did say they had forked out a substantial amount for the upgrade.

The modern makeover is the first major upgrade since the original Klyx nightclub was divided into two areas – one for the nightclub, which was renamed Phantoms, and another for a cocktail lounge and restaurant called Le Chats.

When Paul Pilkington took over management of Le Chats in 1999, he “changed it a little bit and called it Charlie’s”.

“We made a few cosmetic alterations – a coat of paint and new floor coverings,” he said.

In planning the recent renovations, the Charlie’s management team went for efficiency and a relaxed atmosphere.

“What we’ve done is move the pokies closer to the smoking deck – which is now enclosed so patrons can take their drinks with them. This was called for by our regulars.

“It was a long road and we were wondering if it would be too long for the regulars.

“But people have been ringing to ask when we would reopen and one guy said he hadn’t gone anywhere for the whole nine weeks.”

Mr Pilkington said the food and service would remain at the high standard it was before the renovations and said the relaxed but classy atmosphere would be a welcome change.

“There is a new aircon system and insulation in our new roof outside which means it will be a lot cooler to dine out there in the summer – a great area made even better.”

Gympie Times