The Homestead Avenal is set for a complete revamp with the aim of adding a new family dining option for Invercargill. The popular ILT establishment will be temporarily closed at the end of this week to allow the extensive refurbishment to begin.
Chief executive Chris Ramsay said the $2 million project was initially scheduled to be completed in stages. However, the Homestead complex being constructed from five original buildings added to the challenges involved.
“We’ve now identified a full refurbishment would be the best course of action and, given it will be a construction zone, the safety of our customers and staff is paramount,” he said.
“The decision to close while the work is completed does obviously have an impact on our guests but the end result will be worth it when Invercargill has a fabulous new family restaurant.”
While the whole property will undergo substantial change, customers can rest assured the miniature train which chugs around the restaurant will be retained.
“It’s been such an iconic part of the business for so long, absolutely it will be part of its future as well,” Ramsay said.
The Homestead Avenal is set to reopen in November 2019.