New faces at Grand Ho­tel

Own­ers want to bring laugh­ter back to the pub

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

THE new Grand Ho­tel own­ers’ aim is to bring the pub back to its former glory and the old at­mos­phere it used to have.

Her­vey Bay cou­ple Danny and Kerry Nevins of­fi­cially took over Biggen­den’s Grand Ho­tel on April 24

“What an eye opener it was,” Kerry said

“We were hit with re­unions for Biggen­den State School and Com­mer­cial Min­er­als.

“What a week­end, it was huge.

“We had to get the butcher to open up twice dur­ing the long week­end.”

Danny piped in say­ing they may have been eaten out of house and home but they didn’t run out of beer.

“Best move we’ve ever made,” he said.

“The com­mu­nity have been very wel­com­ing.

“It feels as though we have been here for years.”

Kerry has been in­volved in hos­pi­tal­ity all her life hav­ing owned restau­rants in Her­vey Bay, take­aways and cater­ing con­tracts with Ing­ham’s Chick­ens in Vic­to­ria.

Danny has worked in pubs in Queens­land and North­ern Ter­ri­tory as well as hav­ing ca­reers as a truck driver, sales rep and coal miner.

He is a hot rod and cus­tom car en­thu­si­ast and owns a 1929 Ford Road­star.

Danny is hop­ing to take this pas­sion and turn it into an event for the town.

The cou­ple have kept all the pre­vi­ous staff and added at least one.

Kerry’s son, Alex is the new face be­hind the bar.

She said af­ter leav­ing school they in­tro­duced him to pub life.

Danny said he pours a mean beer.

The cou­ple are in the process of re­vamp­ing the beer gar­den.

They have in­stalled mar­ket um­brel­las to cre­ate shade, along with sig­nage and pot­ted palms.

The fire pit has been re­moved and will be re­placed by gas heaters.

The Nevins will un­der­take ba­sic up­grades as nec­es­sary and try and brighten the place up.

Where pos­si­ble they are us­ing lo­cal sup­pli­ers and trades­peo­ple.

A new sign is be­ing erected at the front of the ho­tel along with new awnings.

Re­vamp­ing the up­stairs ac­com­mo­da­tion is presently un­der way.

Other plans in the pipe­line in­clude bring­ing back Fri­day night buf­fets. This will be al­ter­nated with Fri­day and Satur­day night spe­cials.

Home made soup will be added to the menu for win­ter.

There will be themed ac­tiv­ity nights, en­ter­tain­ment of a Satur­day night and maybe Sun­day bar­be­cue lunches.

There are big plans for State of Ori­gin night with lucky door prizes, bar snacks and lots of dec­o­ra­tions. Pa­trons are en­cour­aged to wear their favourite team colours.

Happy hour is Mon­day to Fri­day, 5pm to 6pm.

The Nevins said they look for­ward to restor­ing the pub to its former glory.

“We want to hear laugh­ter em­a­nat­ing through the pub,” Kerry said.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

NEW FACES: Kerry and Danny Nevins are hop­ing to pro­mote his love of hot rods into an event for Biggen­den.

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