It’s something of a surreal hoot to stand amid the gutted rubble of the Yarraville boozer as it undergoes a drastic refurbishment.
Consider The Sauce gets it that there is some sadness around about the demise of inner-west old-school blue-collar pubs.
But CTS has no doubt the Yarraville pub has been in need of a new look and a fresh direction for some time.
And talking to Jason (pictured above), spokesman for the new all-westie owners, I rather think there are grounds for optimism.
There will be no pokies and not even pizzas – or “not at this stage”, in terms of the latter.
He says the reopened pub – the mooted date is mid-October – will be “a traditional pub with a twist”.
And it is surely a good sign that the joint will revert to being called the Railway Hotel – vestiges of which remain.
The menu is in the process of being formulated, so everything Jason tells me comes with an “approximately” qualification.
But and just for instance … chicken parma for $21.50, unless you buy one on $15 parma night (Mondays).
There’ll be bar food/tapas.
And there’ll be a Sunday winter roast deal.
As well as an all-new wine list couple, there will a selection of boutique beers, including Two Birds.