Pub owner to sell up after living life-long dream
A Manawatu¯ pub owner has enjoyed living his life-long dream, but feels it’s time to look for something else to tick off the bucketlist.
Steve Boyens always dreamed of owning a country pub, so he bought the Rongotea Tavern six years ago.
Boyens said he never intended to stay forever – it was a five-year plan to live the dream and enjoy the lifestyle that stretched on a bit.
He’s finally put the tavern on the market, but he’s not in too much of a hurry to sell – he’s still loving the life, he said.
‘‘It was the dream. When we were youngsters everyone wanted to own a country pub,’’ he said.
Boyens was born and bred in Rongotea, but this tavern wasn’t quite old enough to be the one a youthful Boyens daydreamed of owning.
The Rongotea Tavern opened in 1968, just after his family moved to Palmerston North.
Boyens said running the tavern was everything he’d thought it would be and he has enjoyed the contrast in lifestyle with his previous job.
Before he took it over, Boyens was kept busy at an Aucklandbased company distributing sandwichs to BP Connects around the country.
‘‘You get to keep your hours to what you want.
‘‘You’re tied to the business seven days a week, but you’ve got pretty much every morning off.’’
For his wife Annita Boyens, who co-owns and helps run the bar, it let her work part-time as a curtain maker.
Boyens said he enjoyed the extra free time in a more traditional way.
‘‘I go out and play golf twice a week.’’
He’d enjoyed living the dream,
‘‘It was the dream. When we were youngsters everyone wanted to own a country pub.’’ Steve Boyens, Rongotea Tavern owner
but it was time to consider trying something new, so he put the country pub up for sale, he said.
ABC Business Sales real estate agent Steve Davey said the tavern has been on the market for 3-4 months, but he’d just come on board and started advertising it in October.
Davey said Boyens had inspired him to try something a little different when advertising the Rongotea Tavern.
Instead of emphasising the business, Davey was selling the dream and the lifestyle, and it seemed to be appealing to people, he said.
‘‘We’ve got a couple of interested parties already, which is a positive.’’
Owning a country pub was a life-long dream for Rongotea Tavern owner Steve Boyens.