Ahchow’s grand vision
Great Western businessman Danial Ahchow has vowed to make the town’s Salinger’s Café a must-do dining destination after purchasing the business.
The Great Western Enterprises managing director also owns Great Western Hotel and manages Seppelt Wines cellar door and functions operations.
Mr Ahchow said he bought the Salinger’s Café freehold with a vision to increasing the town’s food and beverage offerings.
“Great Western is fast becoming a food and wine mecca and Salinger’s is an integral part of this picture,” he said.
“We have people travel from all over to Great Western to explore the produce from this beautiful part of the world. We can see a juxtaposition with the history of Salinger’s building with its exposed brickwork and Victorian decor, with modern dining options that you’d see in any cafe from Collingwood or Fitzroy.”
Emmanuel Salinger built an original wooden general store on the site in 1862.
In 1899, the wooden building was moved back to make way for a new brick general store and residence.
Mr Salinger was one of Great Western’s original vine growers in the 1880s.
His daughter Elena later went on to marry Charles Pierlot, a famous champagne-maker employed by Hans Irvine, who once owned Seppelt Winery.
Mr Salinger died in 1911 and his daughters Maud and Henrietta ran the business until 1940. The Salinger family owned the business for 78 years.
“We are developing an exceptional regional wine list for the cafe, that will obviously include the Seppelt Salinger sparkling wines, named after the original owners of the building,” Mr Ahchow said.
“We have been lucky enough to secure two of the region’s best up-and-coming chefs.
“Bryden Buckingham from Ararat is eager to showcase his passion for local, fresh produce with an ever-changing menu. He has worked in the Grampians region for the past six years and is looking forward to making his mark on Salinger’s.
“Renowned local chef Katie Leeke is staying on and continuing to deliver her exquisite dishes and high international standards.”
Great Western Enterprises will operate Salinger’s from September 1.
The café will be open seven days a week from 7am until 4pm, and will be available for private dinner functions.