Former councillor too busy to party so is open to selling
AFTER spending months turning the Engineers Arms into a profitable restaurant and liqueur business, Anne Nioa admits if the right buyer came along, she would be open to selling the heritage-listed building.
The former Fraser Coast councillor is looking for a tenant to take over the running of the restaurant operating within the building in order to give herself more time to focus on Liqurious, the side of the business which sells up to 24 types of liqueurs.
"But if someone wanted to rush in and buy the whole thing, they could," she said.
Ms Nioa was originally going to focus on selling liqueurs online Australia-wide through a party plan system, similar to a wine club, but after she was contacted by the Fraser Coast council to review Maryborough CBD's urban planning schemes, it sent her down a different path.
"That was the original plan before I got carried away," she said.
Ms Nioa used the Engineers Arms as a test case to see how someone could bring a new business into the CBD and ended up selling the idea to herself.
Ms Nioa said that after months of working 17-hour days, she wouldn't be against returning to the original plan, but was firstly hoping to take some of the responsibility off her shoulders by finding a tenant for the restaurant.
If a buyer came along eventually, that would be a bonus, she said.
"It's a great opportunity for somebody," she said.
"This is a great little business."
The business is also expanding into other areas, such as wedding receptions and other private functions, which was promising, Ms Nioa said.
The online aspect of her business was growing at an impressive speed, she said, with the possibility of selling to New Zealand and China on the horizon.