Pub owner to sell up af­ter living life-long dream

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - What’s On - PAUL MITCHELL

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.’’

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/STUFF

Own­ing a coun­try pub was a life-long dream for Ron­gotea Tav­ern owner Steve Boyens.

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