When a fire took out the ground floor of The Pinnacle Hotel in November 2015, causing up to $200,000 worth of damage, we were told it would be back “bigger and better”.

But while the pub was back pouring pints just a few months later, it has taken almost two years for the kitchen to re-open.

Owner Leigh Wilkes tells Broadsheet a combination of heritage and insurance issues held things up, and not having a kitchen halved the pub’s takings. “We had to fight through for almost two years,” he says.

Unable to cook its own food, the hotel swapped parmas for food truck Sparrows Philly Cheesesteaks, which took up temporary residence in the beer garden.

Now with a new kitchen and menu, Wilkes hopes to build up the business in the warmer months and get the Pinnacle back to its former glory. The refreshed menu features a double beef bacon burger, panko-crumbed fish and chips, and a chicken, bacon and jalapeno parma. It also includes a number of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Wilkes says The Pinnacle menu will officially re-launch soon and get back to doing what it does best: “music, good food and good beer.”

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