As the doors of pubs remain closed due to social distancing restrictions, staff members at the Royal Hotel have been busily working to renovate the venue.
Hotel owner Nelson Kelly said they have used the shutdown period to revamp the premises with a fresh lick of paint and new decorative pieces.
"Before the coronavirus hit we were fixing the upstairs accommodation area by repainting the rooms, fitting brand-new carpet and air conditioning," he said.
"But then we decided during the lockdown we would start renovating the downstairs area so we are ready for when the restrictions lift and we can operate again.
"In the last three weeks we have finished 90 per cent of the main bar and bistro area."
Mr Kelly said he has sourced local carpet installers, electricians and carpenters contractors and staff members to help out with the renovation.
"We have put back 15 members of our staff to help move furniture, clean and it's been really good for their morale and to have them back in the pub," he said.
"We also wanted to support local businesses who are still operating and we're very fortunate to have the team that we do.
"We want to be able to create a space that is inviting for everyone in the community and doesn't have the dark, blokey, gambling feeling it used to have."
The Royal Hotel will also welcome new manager Adam Isbester who said he is very excited to help out the team with the renovations and for the pub to re-open.
"I'm moving down from Dubbo to start this venture with the hotel and I'm very excited," he said.
"I've known Nelson since I was at school and previously worked with him for two years as a manager at the Castlereagh Hotel.
"I believe the move to Orange will be an exciting opportunity to be a part of the community, to meet the locals and will be a long term plan for my family."
Mr Ibester said not only does he want to support live music, good food and beer at the hotel, but also sporting groups in Orange.
"We would love the opportunity to provide sport sponsorship to any footy, dart, hockey or any other team once we are officially open and operating," he said.
Mr Ibester said when he told his children aged two and four they would be moving to Orange they thought they would be on the set of Frozen because it snows.
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