Pulse Music Complex ready to open in Invercargill's old Appleby Tavern
A new music complex for Invercargill, set to open on Monday, has been six months of hard yards for its owner.
Pulse Music Complex owner and operator Dene Flaws says Pulse Music Complex will celebrate the opening with "three days of DJs", starting Thursday.
The road to opening day was long, hard and he "wouldn't wish it upon anybody", Flaws said.
"There was lots of things I didn't know I had to do and to organise. There's a lot more to it than you think."
With the help of builders, electrician, painters, plumbers, a lawyer and the ILT - he's finally able to open the doors.
It cost about $40,000 to get everything done, he said.
Getting a liquor license was "a big mission", he said.
"Six months seems like a long time, but I've heard of others waiting longer. So I am pretty happy with it."
The complex was split into three parts - a restaurant, entertainment area, and function area.
The function area could be used by community groups, he said.
"I'm very people orientated - so hopefully it's something for everyone," he said.
"We're trying to bring everyone together - especially musicians."
The restaurant would be open seven days and would offer the pensioner roast - just like the old Appleby Tavern used to, Flaws said.
However, Flaws said it was important to note the complex was not a tavern any longer.
The complex had five to six employees of local people, Flaws said. If it got busier, they could employ more.
There had been lots of interest in the opening, he said.
"Locals have been popping in when the doors are open ... I've had quite a lot of bands emailing me, and musicians, and SIT students.
"That's exactly what this place is about."