Tuesday, June 18, 2024



Marne fast tracks her hospitality career and buys a cafe at 25

At 25 years old Marne Petherbridge has her own cafe – she has bought Espresso Edge on Summerland Way, Kyogle ... Saturday, June 9 was Marne’s first day of trading at Espresso Edge ... And while she is keen to bring new items to the menu she is also aware of keeping some of the favourites the regular customers like.

Restaurant rises from the ashes and finds new home at pub

Kristina Nhen is almost crying as she talks about the support she’s had from the Casino community after a fire destroyed the Mun Tien restaurant on April 29. The fire started in the early hours of the morning at the laundry and haberdashery next door to the Chinese Restaurant.

Heartfelt addition to hotel’s community meat tray raffle night

The newly re-opened Bidgee Hotel at Narrandera is proud to host a special charity event ... A beautiful artwork print by the talented Lesley Jane and a very special one-of-a-kind art piece by Stewart James, the artist behind Carlton's Indigenous guernsey will be raffled.

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Publican’s beer dream of a microbrewery for Woodburn close to coming true

For 20 years publican Daniel Simpson has wanted to brew his own beer at the Rod n Reel Hotel in Woodburn. That dream is close to becoming a reality. After the floods, Daniel bought the pub building and has put in a Development Application for a microbrewery.

Yanchep tavern proposal deferred for up to three months

A tavern, to cater for 800 patrons, proposed for the corner of Marmion Ave and Peony Blvd has been deferred for up to three months with a shortage of parking bays one of the issues highlighted. To be called The Carnaby the $3 million tavern is proposed to operate from 11.30am to midnight seven days a week.

Grafton to host Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award regional cook-off

Australia’s longest-running culinary competition for emerging chefs is coming to Grafton ... Assessed to globally recognised standards, each chef will have two and a half hours to prepare and present two plates of a main course and a dessert to the panel of judges.

Fabulous Feast

The weather gods were pleased with the sacrifices for Barham’s inaugural Feast! 21 degrees at 9pm in April is a miracle, and the patrons rejoiced, delighting in local produce and live music! Over 100 people filled the beautifully arranged setting from event company Mack and Mills on the boardwalk.

New restaurateurs coming to Commercial Hotel

Meet John and Reina, as they prepare to open Lyrics Restaurant, and bring fine food to the Commercial Hotel, Kaniva. After fifty years of working all around the world in hospitality, John decided that "now was the time to run things his way" and create a new venture.

It’s time to say goodbye – historic pub for sale

Lisa Stewart first saw the pub at Rappville when it was surrounded by ash and burnt ground. Despite the devastation in Rappville from the 2019 fires, Lisa saw the beauty of the historic Commercial Hotel rising from the ashes.

RSM Club buys the Clydesdale Steakhouse as part of its future plans

The Casino RSM Club announced its plans to refurbish the Royal Hotel and to buy the Clydesdale Motel and Steakhouse and the former Sil Gava commercial site on Walker Street. The club’s expansion plans were shared with club members at a recent forum.

Secret police

The media releases from the police spin doctors are frequently short of salient information and phone calls from journalists to fill in the yawning gaps are not returned. Law-and-order problems go right to the top, says Independent MLA for Araluen, Robyn Lambley, referring to the “backflipping on a monumental scale” about curfews by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Chansey Paech.

Porcupine Village seeks Ministerial approval

A decision has been made to take planning matters for the proposed Porcupine Village development out of Council hands. The Minister for Planning will now make the final decision, in a process which is designed to fast track projects which are judged to make a significant contribution to the State’s economy and to provide substantial public benefit, including jobs for Victorians.

Power goes out with Easter

Sarah Herrmann. Moonta was hit by a particularly unfortunate power outage on Easter Monday ... while a large part of northern Yorke Peninsula was also off the grid ... with small hospitality businesses taking a hit ... Pasky Grab & Go Deli owner Sheree Moroney said the outage created ‘absolute chaos’ for her business.

Know Your Local – Janet Mulholland

Kerry Cain. From community support to culinary apprentice. Many readers would know Janet Mullholland from her five years managing the IGA Supermarket in Maldon or from Porcupine Village, where she is in the second year of a Commercial Cookery - Level 3 apprenticeship at the Golden Nugget Restaurant.

Best experiences for mature-age travellers unveiled

Forty-one tourism experiences have been named as the best in Australia for mature-age visitors, with Queensland dominating ... The Grey Nomad Awards is a niche national tourism program that shines a light on the best places for older travellers to stay and play around the country. The Award announcements reflect achievements throughout 2023.

Friends of the Chef series: Kangaroo Island’s living restaurant (The Enchanted Fig Tree) to host guest chefs

Kate Holland. Being a chef means juggling a multitude of demands. So, is inviting a fellow foodie into the kitchen to interpret your menu an act of generosity or insanity? Alana Brabin, head chef at Kangaroos Island’s majestic dining venue The Enchanted Fig Tree, is all for it ... Sarah Turner (Chef of the Year 2007) and Rocky Oliver (Pirate Life) will enter the fig tree fold on Sunday February 25 and Saturday March 23 respectively.

Rod run faces accommodation challenge

The shortage of lodging options in Narrandera has presented a challenge for the Earlies Rod Run committee, with attendees facing difficulties in securing lodging. With only one hotel, a handful of motels, and a few powered campsites, the lack of accommodation is not a new issue for Narrandera.

Hotel hosts home-grown celebrations

The Birchip Hotel is building on a traditional theme of celebrating home grown talent on Australia day and this year the event was another resounding success. Bathed in sunlight, and welcoming shade from the trees, picnic rugs were rolled out on the grassy beer garden at the Birchip Hotel, with young families enjoying a jam-packed card of home grown talent.  

Maldon’s dinner delight

Every now and then, something comes along to remind you that, despite all the current negativity around the traps and around the world, it does one good to give yourself permission to grab at least one night a year to scoop up friends, invite visitors, get dressed up and have yourself a mighty good time. Enter the 18th Twilight Dinner. 

Sea to plate dining is a catch at Gippsland Lakes: Tierney

Bullock Island’s new café will add to the charm of the Gippsland Lakes and draw new visitors to the area ... Minister for Regional Development Gayle Tierney joined representatives from the Lakes Entrance Fishermen Limited (LEFL) at the brand new café at Lakes Entrance, offering spectacular water views as diners enjoy their locally sourced meal.

Parking, staff shortages make for holiday blues

Patricia Gill. A café proprietor says Denmark is having ‘growing pains’ and an acceptance is needed that the town is now ‘on the map’, particularly over peak holiday periods. Mrs Jones Café proprietor Sam Jackson is among other accommodation and food-provider businesses which have been under the pump over Christmas and New Year. “Things will change whether we like it or not,” Sam said.

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