Terry Morris on the stairs where `Margaret’ the ghost has been seen by some staff.
LONG after the dead bolts are down and the beer taps become still, one regular at the Imperial Hotel settles in for the night.
So potential buyers of the century old Eumundi hotel heed the warning.
“Margaret” is one little lady no one has yet been able to get to leave.
The Imperial Hotel, one of the Sunshine Coast's most famous historic pubs, is back on the market after several previous appearances over recent years.
“Margaret” too has made several appearances, ensuring many of the Imperial staff stipulate “upstairs” is no longer on their agenda.
But manager of three years Terry Morris is yet to see the 30-something apparition in the white dress.
“We're not sure whether she was burned in the fire or whether she was run over by a horse and cart back in the day,” Mr Morris said.
“The staff never seem to stick around to find out what she has to say for herself when she does appear.”
In its centenary year the hotel has been put up for sale by its group of four owners who have called for expressions of interest.
The hotel burned to the ground in 1926 but was rebuilt the same year using local timber.
Mr Morris said the essence of the old Queensland-style pub had remained the constant as the rest of the country got caught up in TABs and nightclubs.
“People come to our pub to talk,” he said.
But there is also the 30cm x 15cm veal schnitzels on the menu.
“If anyone gets through that we give them a free beer,” Mr Morris said, pointing to the Wall of Fame.
“There's not many names up there.
“Certainly not mine.”
The current owners have had the property since 2004, according to listing agent Ray White Hotels Australia Queensland sales director of investment Leon Alaban.
Mr Alaban said the interstate owners' decision was not based on economic conditions but the fact they wanted to concentrate on assets closer to home.
Expressions of interest in the hotel will be accepted until May 4.
By that stage someone might have checked that “Margaret” doesn't mind.