Hotel owners evicted after landlord dispute
THE ongoing struggles of Rochester’s Criterion Hotel came to a head on Sunday, December 11, when publicans Adam and Jody Parker were evicted.
‘‘It all stemmed from the unachievable operational costs,’’ Mr Parker told the Campaspe News.
‘‘It was unachievable with the current rent to keep it going,’’ he said. ‘‘It was a long time coming.’’ Mr Parker posted on the Criterion’s Facebook page letting patrons know an ongoing dispute with the landlords couldn’t be resolved and they had been told to leave.
“It saddens me to inform you all that our time in the Criterion Hotel has come to an end.”
“We were evicted Sunday morning at 6.45am.”
The struggles began in 2011 when the pub was severely damaged in flood waters.
“It’s no secret the hotel suffered greatly from the flood and ultimately the task to resurrect it since was just too great,” he said.
“The outgoings at the hotel were simply just unachievable in today’s economic climate and very hard to manage.”
Mr Parker said the closure of the popular watering hole was a sad time for Rochester.
“It has been a staple part of Rochester for such a long time and I’m not sure if it will ever open again,’’ he said.
‘‘There may be one or two too many hotels in Rochy which makes it hard for them all to compete.’’
It is going to be a hard time for the Parkers over the festive season.
‘‘We don’t really know what we are going to do now,’’ Mr Parker said.
‘‘We just have to get through all of this and move on, it’s just unfortunate the way it happened as we have been dealing with these people for the good part of 10 years.’’
Starting their journey in 2007, the Parkers are leaving with fond memories and a piece of Criterion history.
Rochester’s Criterion Hotel shut its doors on December 11.
An eviction notice at the front of the hotel.