BIG CHEERS TO BUSI­NESS OF YEAR

Tablelands Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

AT­TEN­TION to de­tail proved to be the key to win­ning a num­ber of awards for Ma­reeba’s pop­u­lar pub the Gate­way Ho­tel.

Busi­ness part­ners Cal­lum and Nerida Foo and Chel­ley and Pe­ter Howe walked away from the Ma­reeba Cham­ber of Com­merce bi-an­nual Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards on the week­end with two awards for the night, Busi­ness of the Year and Best New Busi­ness.

It was just two of many awards that the pub has won thanks to its big trans­for­ma­tion since they took own­er­ship.

Fol­low­ing close to $2 mil­lion worth of ren­o­va­tions, the busi­ness has won the Best Small Com­mer­cial Gar­den award in this year’s Ma­reeba Her­itage Cen­tre gar­den awards as well as be­ing run­ners-up in the Queens­land Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion award for best re­de­vel­oped ho­tel in Queens­land.

They also won the Mas­ter Builders Award for the best ren­o­vated ho­tel up to $2 mil­lion ini­tially in Far North Queens­land and then Queens­land as a whole.

Gate­way Ho­tel busi­ness part­ner Cal­lum Foo said they have achieved great things with the pub and that re­ceiv­ing all of the awards was hum­bling.

Dur­ing the ren­o­va­tions, Mr Foo said their ideas evolved as they went along and they all couldn’t be hap­pier with the out­come.

“The pub al­ways had a lot of char­ac­ter and it is in the best po­si­tion,” he said.

“It just needed to be re­branded and ren­o­vated with the ad­di­tion of new fa­cil­i­ties.

“The pub has dra­mat­i­cally changed. It was so old and we needed to start from scratch which has worked in our favour.

“We are happy and a lot of it comes down to at­ten­tion to de­tail.”

Up­grades to the smok­ing area will be com­plete in the com­ing weeks and then they will start ren­o­vat­ing their bot­tle shop to cater to a wide mar­ket.

Mr Foo said they will have a big­ger se­lec­tion of wines and beers avail­able for pur­chase and will make the drive through more ac­ces­si­ble to cus­tomers who want to browse.

All busi­ness own­ers thanked the Ma­reeba Cham­ber of Com­merce, Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil and the com­mu­nity for their sup­port.

Pic­ture: Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

Ma­reeba Gate­way Ho­tel busi­ness part­ner Cal­lum Foo is de­lighted to take home two awards from the Ma­reeba Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Awards held on Satur­day night.

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