New own­ers for Burkes

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

The much loved Burkes Ho­tel Mo­tel has some new and highly ex­pe­ri­enced own­ers with Andrew and Melissa Cur­ran tak­ing over the own­er­ship of the pop­u­lar Bel­more Street pub.

Andrew and Melissa have pre­vi­ously owned pubs and re­sorts, run­ning a pub in Bendigo be­fore most re­cently own­ing a re­sort in Port Dou­glas for two years.

The Cur­ran fam­ily, who have al­ways re­mained in hos­pi­tal­ity de­cided to move to Yar­ra­wonga as both of their fam­i­lies are now liv­ing in rel­a­tively close dis­tance with Melissa’s fam­ily in Al­bury, mak­ing the lo­cal area the per­fect fit for them.

“Yar­ra­wonga was a great choice and Burkes was the ideal es­tab­lish­ment be­cause it’s got the best of both worlds with the bistro as well as the mo­tel and we have now also opened up the bot­tle shop which wasn’t get­ting much use,” Andrew said.

“We heard of the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to come back as I knew the area many years ago, so we jumped on it.

“We are look­ing for­ward to meet­ing more of and sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity as the town is so close-knit and we want Burkes to be a great part of the com­mu­nity.”

Both Andrew and Melissa said they had a love for the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try which is why they have re­mained in man­age­ment of many hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses and were ex­cited about be­com­ing a part of the Burkes fam­ily.

“We want to be the lo­cal pub which is why we are keep­ing the venue as it is but mak­ing small grad­ual changes where we can such as a var­ied menu, with more items added as well as a new va­ri­ety of wines,” Andrew said.

“We are also ad­ding a cour­tesy bus from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day from 5pm and a re­wards card for the lo­cals, who can earn points and re­deem them on pur­chases here in the fu­ture, we are re­ally just try­ing to look af­ter the lo­cals.

“All of the staff who worked un­der the pre­vi­ous own­ers are re­main­ing and a few of the part timers have been con­verted to full time, we are sort of re­ward­ing them as they are qual­ity staff as well as a lit­tle fam­ily and we are ex­cited about be­com­ing a big­ger part of that.

“Our son Brook­lyn who is nine is now in grade four at the Yar­ra­wonga P-12 Col­lege and it’s great for him to be grow­ing up in a town of this size and stature, we are very happy with our choice to move here and take over Burkes.”

Pop in for meal and a pot to wel­come the Cur­ran fam­ily to Yar­ra­wonga as well as their new ven­ture as own­ers of the Burkes Ho­tel Mo­tel.

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