Hotel Central’s new owner, Richard Waters in front of the hotel.
Hotel Central’s new owner, Richard Waters in front of the hotel. Valerie Horton

'Drought' set to end on $1 deal

DRINKS will be flowing once again at Maryborough's Hotel Central within weeks, ending a year-long drought for fans of the CBD watering hole.

The hotel on the corner of Adelaide and Ellena Sts has been bought by Jane Osborne and her father Richard Waters, who are planning to revitalise the pub with a steakhouse and accommodation.

In a bid to lure restaurateurs to the premises, Ms Osborne and Mr Waters are offering to lease the proposed steakhouse for $1 for six months.

"This is a great opportunity for an experienced and motivated chef or restaurateur to start their own steakhouse without the added worry of rent for the first six months," Mr Waters said.

He said they expected a lot of interest from experienced chefs from all over Australia who could take the chance to start their own restaurant with cheap rent. Ms Osborne said the pub, which is known locally as the Central Hotel, would revert back to its official title of Hotel Central.

"We want to market it a bit differently," she said.

"We are planning on doing business lunches and making it friendly for families, and then putting on bands on Friday and Saturday nights to attract the younger crowd."

She said the bar would be opened within weeks, but with a lot of renovation work still to be done on the rest of the premises, the rest of the pub could take a little longer to re-open.

"We just want to get the bar open and go from there," Ms Osborne said.

The pair has also bought the nearby Carlton Hotel, which will continue to operate as usual.

Each hotel has 24 rooms, but most of the Carlton's accommodation is taken up with long-term guests. Once finished, rooms at the Central may be available either long or short term.

Applicants for the $1 steakhouse lease are asked to submit their tenders to Ms Osborne at janeosborne@aztecdevelopments.com.au by Friday.



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