SINCE opening in 1885, the Melbourne Hotel has seen many changes, and its most recent revamp will leave patrons wanting to visit over and over again.

The new bistro area has recently opened and features a classic dining area, beautiful bar and stylish gaming room in an open plan space.

Venue manager Stephen Evans said the bistro area is part one of the two stage renovation.

"We have been through three floods now and we have had this in the works going back about six or seven years," Mr Evans said.

"We've go to the stage where we have the first lot of renovations complete and stage 2 will open in about eight weeks time."

With the focus on 'family', the bistro also features a children's play area with face painting available every Friday and Saturday night.

You can also expect a great meal including juicy steak, Salmon linguine, seafood platters and much more for lunch and dinner.

"We have a new chef from out of town. We were lucky to get hold of him, he puts out some really good food," Mr Evans said.

"We are really proud of the menu. It is based around a lot of local produce- we like to really highlight that. We own our own graziers meat brand so we put a lot of those steaks out as well."

When Stage 2 is complete in eight weeks it will include a new bar and new TAB area for patrons to enjoy.

"We will have a special rum bar featured in this area which includes a wide variety of rum. We also have a very large, unique wine list," Mr Evans said.

"Entertainment will also feature every Friday and Saturday night. We are really looking forward to having both the bistro and bar open to the public."

Mr Evans said the newly renovated hotel is themed around its long history in Bundaberg.

"The hotel has been around for a long time so we wanted to really highlight that," he said.

"As part of the theme we have some amazing photo art of Bundaberg cane cutters that line the walls. For us, it is all about history, heritage and being a family friendly venue."

FAST FACTS

The Melbourne Hotel bistro area is open seven days a week at 68 Targo St.

Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm

Dinner: 5pm until late

To book a table, contact 4151 3065



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