Mark ‘Chopper’ Read was a regular at Collingwood’s Leinster Arms Hotel, which is now for sale.
A COLOURFUL Collingwood pub famously frequented by the late Mark “Chopper” Read has been served up to the market.
The Leinster Arms Hotel, which was established at 66 Gold St in 1863, is up for grabs for the first time in 27 years with a $3.8 million price guide.
It’s being offered with vacant possession.
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The Gold St pub has a $3.8 million price guide.
Inside the “cosy” pub.
Glen and Wilhelmina McGee, who ran the popular watering hole for 18 years, closed it on AFL Grand Final day.
Their closure announcement described the hotel as “a second home to many” and “one of the cosiest destinations in town”.
When Read died in 2013, Ms McGhee told Fairfax Media the notorious crime figure always had a story to tell at the pub, and that “raspberry lemonade” became his drink of choice there in his final years.
Also connected to the venue was Tyler Cassidy, who worked there as a kitchen hand before being fatally shot by Victoria Police at age 15 in 2009.
The pub is being offered with vacant possession.
Striking leadlight windows are part of the historic package.
CBRE Hotels selling agent Will Connolly — who has the listing with Scott Callow and Nathan Mufale — said the fact the historic single-storey building was being sold with vacant possession made it “an extremely flexible opportunity”.
“We are expecting interest from a wide range of buyer profiles, varying from hospitality operators, investors looking to re-lease and developers recognising the area’s rapid growth,” Mr Connolly said.
One of the pub’s two beer gardens.
Longtime owners Glen and Wilhelmina McGee.
The property is on a prime 596sq m corner block and features a front bar, lounge and dining area, commercial kitchen, bistro, two beer gardens and striking leadlight windows.
A 1am General Liquor Licence will also be part of the package when the pub is auctioned onsite on December 7.