A Game of Thrones-themed high-end bar and Shepparton’s newest function space complete with stained glass windows are giving two Maude St churches a new lease on life.
Both buildings are heritage listed, so while the exteriors look mostly unchanged, inside is where the transformation is taking place.
The northside church is a new function space called The Church @ Maude.
The blue carpet has been ripped up revealing timber flooring underneath, the interior has been repainted and updated — including installing air conditioning for peak summer days.
The original stained glass windows and organ remain, in a nod to the building’s former life.
“It’s beautiful inside,” Mr Raju said.
“It’s something new in Shepparton, but this is very unique with the stained glass, tiered steps — you can have a theatre-style banquet, tapas or buffets.
“We have everything in-house; I’ve got a food truck for catering, a photographer, decorator, music system or we can arrange a live band.”
The venue has already attracted interest ahead of its first event on November 27, with bookings made and a grand opening on December 10.
Next door, the older church is still in the early stages of being renovated inside, with a new floor among the works under way.
It is set to become a medieval bar called House of Spirits, inspired by Mr Raju being a “big fan” of fantasy drama television show Game of Thrones.
“It’s going to be very high-end with single malt scotch, fine wines, beer from all around the world, and very simple spirits,” he said.
Mr Raju says he was taking his time with the bar, which is looking at a winter 2023 opening; on theme with a popular saying from the show and the title of the first episode, ‘Winter Is Coming’.
He has even engaged someone in Kyabram to build a replica of the iconic ‘Iron Throne’.
The Church @ Maude is located at 162 Maude St, Shepparton; for more information and booking inquiries, visit The Church @ Maude Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mr Raju on 0401 501 919 or Anita on 0435 765 239.
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