Revealed: The future of the Mill Street Tavern
THE once popular Mill St Tavern has been sold but it's days as a pub appear to be over.
The Toowoomba hotel on the corner of Campbell and Mill Sts near the old Queensland Rail offices was a popular dining and meeting venue until it was badly damaged by fire in November 2016.
An electrical fault originating in the ceiling of the bar area was found to be the cause of the fire, the third blaze in the hotel's 150-year history.
Agent Nick Koenig of Raine & Horne Commercial said the sale of the hotel went through earlier this week but he was not in a position to name the buyer or the figure for which it sold.
"It was bought by a prominent local businessman who owns other commercial properties in the city," he said.
"The hotel is going to be rebuilt and refurbished for commercial offices so it won't be a pub any more but the building will stay.
"A builder has been appointed and I would think work on the site would start in the near future."
The pub originally opened as the Engineer Arms Hotel in 1875 but fell victim to its first fire in 1876.
The building was offered up for removal by the then owners in 1914 and again it was beset by fire the following year.
The pub was renamed The Country Club Hotel in 1936 and traded under that name until it was renovated and re-opened as The Mill St Tavern in 2005.