Hotel life grand for new owners
THEY’VE owned the Grand Hotel in Biggenden for only three months but Danny Nevins and Kerry Shaw have enjoyed every minute of it.
The couple moved from Hervey Bay to the Burnett region in April, making the shift from the coast to the country to take over ownership of the hotel on April 24.
“It’s been absolutely great,” Mr Nevins said..
“We’ve been welcomed to the community with open arms, it’s been going really well.
“I owned a pub for years and my wife Kerry had always wanted to own one, and she didn’t know that I also wanted one so when we spoke about it, we found it and decided we’d take the opportunity.
“It’s as good as gold.” The Grand Hotel has been busy these last few months.
“It certainly has been busy, we’re fulfilling the needs of the community and we treat everybody with respect and courtesy,” Mr Nevins said.
“I used to serve alcohol as I was the bar manager in a bottle department in Queensland and the Northern Territory and Kerry has worked in takeaway food and restaurants so she’s been involved in preparing quality food for a number of years.”
The Grand Hotel’s new owners are also set to introduce a new event to the community.
“I’ve always had a passion for cars since I was a kid and at the age of 17 I owned a 1929 Ford roadster hotrod,” Mr Nevins said.
“The whole community waves to you when you drive it and it prompted us to hold the Grand Hotel Hotrod, Bike and Custom Show on November 11.”
This Friday the hotel will host a karaoke night with event organiser Rhys Lucinsky set to get things started at 7.30pm.
The night will involve a roast buffet with chicken, pork, lamb and vegetables for $20 per person.
The Grand Hotel also offers drive-through alcohol service.
“We carry a full range of white and red wines and full stock of cider, beer and spirits,” Mr Nevins said.
“We offer competitive prices for the community, customers can pull up outside the gate and they can remain in their vehicle or they can come and browse through the shop.”
The owners said they are determined to be part of the community and shop locally.
“We support the local butcher and newsagency, wherever we can we buy locally,” he said.
“Our staff are all local and highly experienced in both the bar and the kitchen, it’s all about serving the best quality food and providing a nice family atmosphere.”
Mr Nevins said he planned to live in Biggenden for the long haul.
“We’re not going anywhere, we currently have an eight-year lease and if it all goes well, we’ll renew it,” Mr Nevins said.
“We love this place, the people and the atmosphere.”
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GRAND IDEA: Kerry Shaw and Danny Nevins are the owners of the Grand Hotel.