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Tiki bar being added to Engineers Arms

New leaseholders at the Engineers Arms Bianca and Brenda Lewin hold an espresso martinni, Rusty Arms Pear cocktail and handmade chicken spring rolls.
New leaseholders at the Engineers Arms Bianca and Brenda Lewin hold an espresso martinni, Rusty Arms Pear cocktail and handmade chicken spring rolls. Valerie Horton

BRENDA and Bianca Lewin are shaking things up at Maryborough's Engineers Arms, with extended opening hours, a fresh menu and plans for a tiki bar.

The mother and daughter duo has leased the business from owner Anne Nioa who bought the heritage-listed building a year ago.

"We've had several restaurants ... I've worked in hospitality 30 odd years," mum Brenda said.

"I came in when Ann was holding a function and I fell in love with it."

Daughter Bianca said she had worked in hospitality all her life, managing cafes and restaurants in Brisbane before moving to Maryborough to work at Engineers Arms with her cook-mother.

"I like dealing with people, its fun and I like food," she said.

"Every day is different."

Since operating the Engineers Arms, the Lewins have installed an industrial kitchen.

Brenda said business was increasing daily.

"It's been getting busier and busier and we love our usuals," she said.

"We've got some big functions coming up."

Brenda said she was looking to do more functions with the venue suitable for 100-people standing or 50-people sitting down.

She said the Engineers Arms had rustic inspired decor and setting, in an effort to create old-world pub charm.

"I'm really into earthy food," Brenda said.

"I've worked with top chefs in different locations.

"It's a diverse menu."

Bianca said they had something for anyone who wanted nice food.

"Everything from reef and beef to Mexican," she said.

"It's comfort food, no deep-fried food."

Bianca said they would love to open more at night if there's a demand and they were looking at starting a Sunday session.

A tiki bar, or outdoor cocktail hut, is under construction.

The Lewins also run The Liqueur Club, formerly known as Liqurious.

"That's fun because you meet lots of people coming through," Bianca said.

"We do liqueur tasting with dinner, lots of people love it."

Topics:  anne nioa, business profile, cocktails, engineers arms, liqueurs, maryborough



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