A decision is expected to be made in the next week about how
much of the fire-damaged building which housed the World Bar
and Fat Badgers Pizza needs to be demolished.
The fire was believed to have started in a deep-frying vat in
the Fat Badgers Pizza kitchen and spread upstairs to the
popular 17-year-old nightclub.
Fortunately, few staff at both the bar and pizza restaurant
were in the building when the mid-afternoon fire broke out
and no-one was injured.
The building is owned by Boyd Corp Finance Ltd and company
director Dave Boyd said there was ''still a lot of work going
on behind the scenes'' with assessors, engineers and his
The burnt-out building is in one of the resort's main
streets, Shotover St.
''We are very close to a decision ... within the next week we
will have a final decision.''
After a ''frustrating'' three months due to ''so many factors
involved'', Mr Boyd hoped everyone would soon be able to move
The World Bar opened a temporary venue, the Find, 300m from
The World Bar site, before the Queenstown Winter Festival.
Just months before the fire, Fat Badgers Pizza had undergone
a total refurbishment.