Former Australian rugby league representative Ian Schubert has bought the Bomaderry Hotel and plans to turn the watering hole - which had featured topless barmaids on Friday nights - into a family-friendly venue.
Mr Schubert and his long-time friend and now business partner Lloyd Segerstrom bought the hotel for $3 million and despite only taking over a week ago, have grand plans to revitalise the Meroo Street business.
Schubert famously broke open the Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal as the NRL salary cap auditor, a position he held for 16 years.
He also represented his country, playing with Easts, Manly and Wests in a 15-year career, before moving into coaching and administration.
After quitting the NRL last year, he joined with Mr Segerstrom, looking at several businesses before settling on the Bomaderry Hotel.
"We've been mates for 15 years and have always wanted to get into business together, and, in particular, in a pub," Mr Schubert said.
"We saw the potential in the Bomaderry Hotel. It has good bare bones, it just needs some loving and we aim to give it that.
"Lloyd is a publican with 20 years-plus' experience and when I decided to get out of the NRL, we felt it was time to finally go into business together," he said.
"We spent about 12 to 18 months looking around and looked at a lot of good locations. We came close to buying one pub in Tamworth, but we settled on the Bomaderry Hotel and we are delighted."
The pair plans to undertake renovations, including painting inside and out, improving the bottle shop and building a deck area at the front of the business.
They have already upgraded the cellars and kitchen.
"We want to make it a hotel again," Mr Segerstrom said.
"It needs consistently good food and needs to provide everything a good hotel should provide for its patrons, including consistent business hours.
"Our big focus is making it family friendly - an attractive place families want to come to."