New owners for Burkes
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.