Work will begin next month to restore and revitalise the iconic Imperial Hotel at Clifton.
Venue owner, Shellharbour Workers Club says they’ve worked closely with the neighbouring community to resolve issues surrounding opening hours, noise and parking, so will start work on what they say will become a vibrant, multi-level hospitality venue.
Shellharbour Workers CEO Debbie Cosmos says the venue will become an asset to local tourism.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore an historic gem of the Illawarra,” she says. “There’s so much history wrapped in the building and we cannot wait to see it come to life.
“It’s our aim to not only restore the building, but to tell the story of Clifton within the walls.”
The new venue will include a restaurant set across three floors, and all-day dining cafe which will be utilised by cyclists and walkers, diners looking for a view of the ocean and tourists passing by.
Shellharbour Workers says it’s committed to capture the area’s history through the restoration, and using unique, historic interpretations throughout the venue.
Work is set to start on September 23 and should be complete by the end of 2020.