Mt Perry Hotel is open again
Local watering hole back in business after being closed for almost a year
MOUNT Perry Hotel’s taps are pouring again after last Friday’s official opening.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh was on hand to officially open the doors with new licensees Katrina Gilby and Tanya Vanoosen.
The Gayndah pair have worked on the project “for months”, and Miss Gilby admitted the past few weeks had been extremely busy.
“We were here until 10pm last night (Thursday) and poured the first pot but had to come back in this morning at 5.30 pulling taps apart and cleaning,” she said.
“This week it’s been all about making sure the taps are good, cleaning glasses, stocking fridges, making sure toilets flush – all the fun stuff.”
It is the first time the pub’s been open in almost a year, and the watering hole has kept an identical look apart from one notable omission: no pokies.
“We’re not interested in any of that,” she said.
The partnership is a perfect match, with Miss Gilby’s experience working in pubs matched with Ms Vanoosen’s experience in restaurant kitchens.
When the opportunity at Mt Perry came up, Ms Vanoosen contacted Miss Gilby to find out if she was interested in working together.
It didn’t take long for the idea to become reality, and Cr Waugh said he was happy to see the doors reopened.
“The ability for workers to swing by the hotel or pub after work is one of those necessary parts of Australian life,” he said.
“They’ve got the full support of the council and I’m looking forward to passing through.”
CELEBRATION: New Mt Perry Hotel licensees Tanya Vanoosten and Katrina Gilby with North Burnett Regional Council mayor Don Waugh.
BIG DAY: North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh (front, left) said he was happy to see Mt Perry Hotel officially open its doors after almost a year.