Change on menu at hotel
GAYNDAH’S historic Burnett Hotel has a new owner – all thanks to her car breaking down.
Employee-now-owner Narelle Barnicoat said she would pay back her “awesome dad”, who bought the pub for her.
“I went to Rockhampton for my son’s engagement party and my car lost its shocky, so dad drove my friend and I back here,” Ms Barnicoat said.
She indicated the pub where she worked was up for sale, prompting her dad, Garnett Barnicoat, to ask if she could run it.
“I grew up in a wrecking yard,” she explained.
“Dad said, ‘Carbies (carburettors) on the shelf, beers in the fridge, both are products to sell’.”
Growing up in a business family, combined with hotel experience as cook, bar staff and cleaner, prepared Ms Barnicoat for her new role as owner-manager.
She said the hotel offered live entertainment, pool competitions, community support and quality food.
The hotel’s new cook, Alison Ouston, said luring the locals and keeping their loyalty was about customer service and fresh food.
Good pub food with vegetarian and gluten-free options are on the menu for lunch and dinner, with catering for private functions also available.
A handover party will be held at the Burnett Hotel on October 11 from 6pm, with country artist Bobby Stevenson at 7.30pm.