Pub on the Square turns porch rebuilding into spectator event
Spectators have been invited to bear witness as a porch is rebuilt at the former Pub on the Square heritage building in the town of St George.
Owners FoodHub said the restoration was due to start this weekend and will last for approximately two weeks.
The company said: “Everyone is welcome to watch from a close but safe distance as the team of carpenters and masons reinstall the porch and the roof at the front of the building.”
FoodHub, in collaboration with the Corporation of St George, have organised a series of activities next week.
Bench seating and picnic tables will be placed in King’s Square, current fencing will be replaced with barricades to allow for a better view of the installation, and there will be music from Town Hall.
From 1pm until 2pm from today to Thursday, free food tastings will be provided by FoodHub on behalf of Freddie’s Buffet and Glaze Bakery, as well as beverages and snacks sponsored by Barritt’s, Dunkley’s and Pitt & Company. FoodHub will provide servers.
The company added: “We are pleased to be able to add character to St George’s and to have this restoration take place in time for the Peppercorn Ceremony.
“Watch the restoration project and take photos to remember the occasion. Come on out, spend time with friends, and enjoy!”
All food, beverages and snacks will be provided free of charge.
The company said: “Everything will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to seniors.
“So come on out and watch as a piece of East End history is being made again.”
Entrepreneur Marico Thomas, who leads the investment group FoodHub, spoke to The Royal Gazette about his group’s building restoration efforts last month.
He said: “There was a porch out front in really bad condition and about to fall down.
“After we took it down, we were told it has to be there because it is a Unesco site.
“So now, it has to go back on at a cost of up to $140,000. It’s probably why the previous owner didn’t take it down.”