Valley vibe for Ipswich
HOSTING big-name acts and developing a vibe similar to the Valley and Gold Coast entertainment hubs are in the plans for the new owners of the Hotel Metropole.
Adam Wiencke and Cane Sipinkoski took the reins at the Brisbane St hotel in September and so far have made good on their strategy.
International DJ Havanna Brown played last week and The Stafford Brothers will appear on Friday night to work the Metropole dance floor.
Mr Wiencke said creating a Valley-like atmosphere in Ipswich will have a two-fold effect, giving Ipswich patrons a good night out and keeping dollars in the city.
The 105-year-old pub worked its charm on Mr Wiencke during his two-year spell as manager, which ended in 2009.
"I wanted to come back and purchase it if I had the chance. It was up for sale for a while and it worked out to be perfect timing," he said.
"It's a great hotel, a beautiful building. When I was running it before, I started getting in big acts from overseas and around the country. We're trying to bring the Valley and Gold Coast to Ipswich," he said.
"We had Havanna Brown last week, which was massive. Stuff like that is really good for Ipswich."
The pub's restaurant has also been rejuvenated and it now complies with noise restrictions.
The restaurant aspect of the business was something Mr Wiencke implemented straight away.
"It's a family pub. The restaurant has been really successful. It caters for everyone."
Cr Paul Pisasale welcomed the investors to Ipswich.
"Cane has been a fantastic ambassador. What he wanted to do was bring the pub back to its former glory.
"For me, they are people who are prepared to come and be a part of the city and provide a service that has been missing," he said.