Why the McGregor Tce Food Project is closed
MUCH-LOVED Stanthorpe restaurant the McGregor Terrace Food Project is for sale as its owners prepare to pull up stumps and move to an outback resort.
The celebrated eatery has closed and an “energetic” replacement tenant is being sought by owners Ben and Louise Lanyon.
The Lanyons have been head-hunted by a former employer to run an outback resort in Alice Springs and will be moving their family to the desert in January.
Owner and chef Ben Lanyon said the restaurant had been doing well and their decision in no way reflected a failed business.
“The business is profitable,” he said.
“We’ve been blown away by how much support we’ve had from the local community, from visitors to the region (and) all the accommodation houses close to us here.
“They’ve all supported us tremendously.
“It’s not that we weren’t busy, it’s that we were too busy.”
Ben and Louise bought the venue two years ago and set up what Ben described as a genuine, friendly establishment.
“People just want good food and good, honest hospitality, and somewhere they can go out and enjoy themselves,” he said.
“It was always just going to be a project – hence the name – and the last two years have been spectacular. We have had the best time.”
Cheffing was not the ideal occupation for maintaining a balanced life, Ben said, and he was looking forward to being able to enjoy more evenings with his family in his new role in Alice Springs.
The Lanyons will take over management of Longitude 131, a high-end resort at Uluru Kata-Tjuda.
“We’ll be arriving in the heat of summer … We’ve seen the property, it’s evolved from humble beginnings.”
Stanthorpe is Louise’s home town and the couple and their three sons plan to return in the future.
People just want good food and good, honest hospitality, and somewhere they can go out and enjoy themselves.
— Ben Lanyon
GOODBYE: McGregor Terrace Food Project owners Ben and Louise Lanyon have closed the doors and are preparing for their family's big move.