Former owner of the Federal Hotel Pat Formica hands over the keys to new owners Jessica and Gavan Chin.
Former owner of the Federal Hotel Pat Formica hands over the keys to new owners Jessica and Gavan Chin. Robyne Cuerel

First-time pub owners introduce custom beers at Federal

A NEW focus on old traditions is on the agenda for first-time pub owners Gavan and Jessica Chin.

The couple are the new owners of Maryborough's historic Federal Hotel on Kent St as former owner Pat Formica steps down from the helm.

Mr Chin, a chef for the past 14 years, has already put his first menu in place at the pub and added a new range of custom beers after the keys were officially handed over last week.

The menu will be a stripped-down, traditional take on pub fare and will go with the historic look of the 129-year-old pub, Mr Chin said.

"We've both got a passion for the industry," he said.

"We're focusing very much on the food."

Mr Chin said he had drawn inspiration from New York's old gastro bars, but would add his own modern Australian twist.

The sale is the latest move in a resurgence of the Maryborough hospitality industry after Muddy Waters reopened in a new location earlier this month.

The Federal Hotel is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.



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