Ah­chow’s grand vi­sion

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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.

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