The Old Hepburn Hotel is closing up shop. The freehold has been sold and the new owners won’t be continuing the lease. A bastion of live Australian music for 16 years will fall silent and the district will lose one its most egalitarian and truly grass roots venues.
With our small screens filled with reality shows creating makeovers in 48-hours, we could be forgiven for thinking that renovating houses is something that is done at a blistering speed with little to no experience, no professional tradies and for a ridiculously tiny budget. As long as everything looks good in the photos, who cares?