Scarborough pub to re-open before Easter

THE Scarborough Hotel looks set to re-open before Easter reports the

Scarborough Hotel 1996: file

Illawarra Mercury.

The Illawarra’s oldest pub closed early February after the former operators’ lease expired.

The sudden closure shocked the close knit community, leaving the far northern Illawarra ‘publess’ from Austinmer to Stanwell Park.

The 125 year old watering hole will be operated by 2PS Corporation, whose director Penny Ball is the marketing coordinator at the Illawarra Hotel, Wollongong.

The new operators say they plan to reconnect with the community, expanding the food menu and ridding the Scarborough of its 12 gaming machines.

No major renovations are planned and beer is expected to be flowing by April 6.

– Mick Roberts


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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