Newcastle Live Music icon the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel will now close its doors at 12 am.
Following on from the departure of long-serving licensees Ian and Sharon Lobb, new manager Andrew Dunne took to Facebook on Saturday to make the announcement.
“I’ve taken over management of our Lass and with the change over of licensee we unfortunately have to reduce our trading hours to 12am,” Andrew said in the post.
“I’ve worked tirelessly to take on this opportunity and will strive to continue the Lobb’s legacy by supporting the arts, local community and history of this fine hotel.
“We are trying our hardest to return to ate trade and will need your support through this tough time.”
Previously, the Lass traded until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
The post was met with an outpouring of support from patrons, with the likes of: “We will adapt that’s what makes us Newcastle musos and punters strong. Congratulations on your new adventure I’m looking forward to trying the yummy food.”
Another chimed in with a similar: “Very sad to hear, the Lass was the best venue you could have a quiet drink after midnight on the weekend, hopefully, this can be resolved quickly!”
One patron echoed the sentiment of many with: “It’s sad to see them [the Lobbs] go but glad to have someone wanting to carry on the legacy. 12am is still plenty of time to have a good night. Long live the Lass.”
Newcastle Councillor Carol Duncan told Newcastle Live she was ‘disappointed’ with the news.
“I was unaware about this until it was brought to my attention on Facebook,” she said.
“It is very disappointing to hear as it flies in the face of everything we [Council] are trying to do with the Newcastle Live Music Policy. I will be looking very closely at the situation.”