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Nelson’s much loved ‘local’ The Vic is to get a new look. It’s more than 13 years since the old Victorian Rose pub became a Mac’s Brewery Bar, and now the Williams family who have owned and run it for 10 years will be upgrading it to a more modern public house offering. The Vic Macs Brew Bar will be closed for refurbishment from Sunday 11 October, and The Vic Public House will open on Friday 16 October.

Operations Manager and joint owner Howard Williams says “The Vic has been a pub in the heart of Nelson since 1992 when Nelson City Council vacated the 131-year-old building, and it became The Victorian Rose Tavern. We are privileged to be part of the story of these heritage premises, and very excited to be bringing the ‘old girl’ to her next stage of life. Our ever-popular menu will be supported by a greater range of craft beers and local wines, and our team is ready to go with the new look and feel.”

281 Trafalgar Street was built to house NZ Insurance Company, and later became lawyers’ offices until 1979. Major works were carried out in 2013 for earthquake strengthening.

During the weekend of re-opening there will be live music on Saturday night, a ‘Love ya locals’ hamper to be won, other spot prizes & vouchers, and 10% off everything to mark the 10 year anniversary of Williams family ownership.

Ian Williams, who is also President of Nelson Tasman Hospitality Association branch, commented that hospitality is a struggling industry. “As a sector we are doing our very best to work together as accommodation and hospitality offering for the city and region. Times are extremely tough but we’re all doing what we can to make the best of our premises and offerings, and The Vic upgrade is just one example of the ongoing commitment we have to this industry. Every outlet needs public support in these challenging times, so we encourage people to get out and about in the venues and support local.”


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