Ho­tel life grand for new own­ers

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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.”

You can fol­low the Grand Ho­tel on Face­book.

GRAND IDEA: Kerry Shaw and Danny Nevins are the own­ers of the Grand Ho­tel.

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