IT'S been a long time between drinks, but the Mount Warning Hotel has now re-opened.

Owner Brett Watson said since doors opened for trading on Saturday, "thousands" had stopped in to see the historic waterhole, after its three-year, $2 million restoration.

A fire gutted the two-storey timber hotel in February 2013.

The Mount Warning Hotel began trade on Saturday. The official launch is next week.
The Mount Warning Hotel began trade on Saturday. The official launch is next week.

At the time firefighters stated the pub "just went kaboom" after an electrical fault.

"I think it's best to say it's been stressful for everyone involved," Mr Watson said of the hotel's reconstruction.

What do you think of Uki's new pub?

This poll ended on 31 August 2015.

Current Results

Love it!

73%

Hate it!

3%

It's okay, but it's not a patch on the original

22%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"We've just been blessed that the community has shown some patience."

Comparing the old Uki pub to the new one would be akin to comparing "apples and oranges", according to Mr Watson, who said the venue is modern with country style.

The gutted Mt Warning Hotel from the rear.
The gutted Mt Warning Hotel from the rear. John Gass

"From what I'm seeing everyone seems to be happy with what we've produced," Mr Watson said.

Locals who were devastated after the closure of the pub have thrown their support behind the re-opened pub on social media.

Extensive renovations took three years and $2 million.
Extensive renovations took three years and $2 million.

"The architecture is spot on. It will be great to see the bikes all parked there again on Saturday," John Sheldon said.

The official launch will be celebrated September 5.


Queensland’s border snub to Sydney is a political gamble

Premium Content Queensland’s border snub to Sydney is a political gamble

OPINION: The Queensland Premier’s decision to continue to shut-out Sydneysiders has...

New KFC store set to open soon

Premium Content New KFC store set to open soon

ABOUT $800,000 will be spent on the fit-out of the Northern Rivers’ newest fast...

Students plant hundreds of koala trees to inspire others

Premium Content Students plant hundreds of koala trees to inspire others

High school students have spearheaded a project to boost koala habitat on private...