It is the end of an era for Katamatite locals, with their beloved pub closing its doors.
After three years under the ownership of Colin Galvin, it was announced on Monday, February 20 that the pub would be pouring its final beer.
In a note posted on the Katamatite Hotel’s Facebook page, licensee Mr Galvin thanked the community for their support.
‘‘The Katamatite Hotel will cease trading at 3pm on Sunday, February 26,’’ he said.
‘‘I would like to thank those loyal customers who have supported us over the past three years.
‘‘I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’’
Longtime Katamatite local and Katamatite Hotel customer Tim Lukies said it was tough to see the pub come to this.
‘‘There is no doubt about it, it is going to be a very sad day for not only Katamatite, but the entire community that surrounds it,’’ Mr Lukies said.
‘‘A lot of people rely on the pub as a meeting place and to have a bit of a laugh and socialise after a long day at work.’’
The younger generation of Katamatite will also feel the effects, with 20-year-old Brad Parnell in disbelief that the local pub would be closing.
‘‘I can’t believe this is actually happening,’’ Mr Parnell said.
‘‘We have all grown up with the pub being a part of our lives in one form or another, so to see this happen is really sad.
‘‘I know personally my friends and I go there for a meal and to play some pool, and then on Saturday after a long day playing cricket the players go for a meal and a drink.’’
The response on Facebook to the announcement of the closure has been large, with more than 100 comments and the post being shared more than 150 times.
What they said
Some of the comments left by former Katamatite Hotel customers on Facebook:
●Gayle Cohen: It’s a shame to hear that this little pub is closing. My father and brothers used to drink there years ago; great place, it’ll be missed.
●Brenda Ingamells: That’s a bugger! We often go there for an impromptu meal.
●David Hort: Very saddened to hear this shocking news. One of the last places that serve a terrific meal.
●Sharon Yarwood: Oh no! Will miss you guys. Will miss the awesome meals and great hospitality.
●Andrew Goodwin: Oh what a shame, it’s always been a great pub.