TOP DROP: Fitzroy Hotel publican Tony Higgins says pub-goers are looking for “the works” these days. While business is steaming along for Tony, other publicans have closed down their pubs.
TOP DROP: Fitzroy Hotel publican Tony Higgins says pub-goers are looking for “the works” these days. While business is steaming along for Tony, other publicans have closed down their pubs. Chris Ison Rokcpub

Post Office Hotel, another pub to serve last drinks

A DOWNWARD trend is brewing in Rockhampton.

Many locals have noticed wooden boards nailed across several Rockhampton hotel and pub doors, or "we have closed down" signs plastered across glass windows.

The Post Office Hotel, in Musgrave St, is the latest pub to join the list of Rocky drinking holes that have closed their doors.

The Morning Bulletin understands the former Post Office Hotel lessees left the region almost two weeks ago.

Freehold title owner John Bidgood said he was still owed about three months of unpaid rent.

He said he understood the former lessees dropped off the keys, to the Post Office Hotel, outside the house of a Rockhampton solicitor before leaving.

It's now believed the Post Office Hotel, which in recent times has been plagued by several break-ins and thefts, is on the market for $1.5 million. There have been several pub closures in Rockhampton in recent times.

East St's Fitzroy Hotel publican Tony Higgins says the handful of Rocky pubs and shops, which proved very popular in their heyday, had shut down because of a change in local demand.

He believes that patrons these days are looking for a pub or hotel that offered "the works" - a restaurant, poker machines, TAB outlet, accommodation, a child's playground area and other facilities.

"That's why sports clubs do so well," he said.

"User demand has changed, from patrons simply wanting to have a drink at the bar to wanting the whole kit, and a number of publicans are struggling to keep up with that shift."

The Morning Bulletin was unable to contact the lessees, on several occasions, for comment.

Shut down pubs

Kabra Hotel, Kabra

The Post Office Hotel, Musgrave St

Pioneer Hotel, East St

The Archer Hotel, Port Curtis

The Grand Hotel, cnr of Bolsover and Archer

Pete's Paddy Go Easy Pub, Alma St

The Anchor Hotel, Lakes Creek Rd