One of the Border's most iconic venues will reopen to the public next Tuesday after lying dormant for nearly 16 months.
Co-owner and operations director Grant Wheeler said the Kinross Woolshed will open its doors from 10am on January 21.
He said they're opening Tuesday to ensure any teething problems can be dealt with ahead of Conrad Sewell's performance on Australia Day.
Mr Wheeler said since he and business partner Ryan Maas were given the keys in November they'd been working alongside various trades to give the Kinross some "love and attention".
In October 2018, the Kinross Woolshed shut its doors on short notice following a dispute between owners and lessees. Mr Wheeler and Mr Raas bought the hotel in October 2019.
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Mr Wheeler said it was great to see how invested the community was in the Kinross and how interested people were in their plans.
"It's been really exciting for us, we were quite blown away by the response it's generated," he said.
"We were actually quite humbled by it, it's been overwhelming.
"Everyone had been positive and we feel they do want the hotel to succeed which is nice and good for us, and we believe with the team we've put in place we're capable of doing that."
Mr Wheeler said live music nights would run on Friday and Saturday with the venue keen to support Border talent as well as host big-name acts.
He said they were in talks with a number of other significant artist but could not yet release any details.
"We want to be a pillar of the community, we want to have people reengage with the venue and to create a real community," he said.
"We want it to be very community focused.
"That traditional pub where it used to be just men going to drink, it's a dying breed - we're focused on engaging with the whole family, being family friendly paired with quality food and customer service."
Mr Wheeler said despite renovations, the Kinross has retained its charm and stayed true to its roots.
"When we came in we were very much looking to keep the culture and the rustic look," he said.
"We're very conscious it's iconic, it's rustic, it's a woolshed so we want to keep that atmosphere and just modernise.
"We believe for a long time it's needed a lot of love and attention and we've done that."
Mr Wheeler said they've installed a new bistro, new bar and updated the gaming room, but kept the rustic look.
He said about 60 staff were on the hotel's books, a mix of casual, part-time and full-time employees.