Why the McGre­gor Tce Food Project is closed

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | SPECIAL REPORT: BUSINESS CLOSURES -

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

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

GOOD­BYE: McGre­gor Ter­race Food Project own­ers Ben and Louise Lanyon have closed the doors and are pre­par­ing for their fam­ily's big move.

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