Over the New Year break our local watering hole got some new owners. And so far it’s off with a bang. Four local blokes from footy club fame decided to take on the mammoth task of reinvigorating the old Rossmore Hotel. After months of preparation and legal techy techy, the fellas took ownership and re-branded the old girl The Yallourn North Hotel.
A massive Grand Opening was planned, and some minor improvements were undertaken to ensure the pub was up to scratch. The old carpet in the dining room, which has been down since the renovations in 1980, was ripped up. And the hardwood floors were given a good sand and lacquer. Many helping hands assisted getting the place looking presentable. Facades were cleaned and gardens given some love as well.
The day kicked off at 10am with a family friendly atmosphere, with special attractions for the kids like jumping castle and petting zoo. Little Piggy provided the catering on the day, and Daniel Whitty began strumming up the musical entertainment early on. The crowds poured in, and later Kristian Mizzi picked up the axe and continued to keep them all entertained.
As the evening wore on, hundreds filled the venue to a state not seen in decades. The beer was cold, the food was delectable, and there was certainly no room for billiards. New friends were made, old friendships were rediscovered, and reminiscing tales were told. The beer garden filled in, and an impromptu musical duo, Dan and Beau, uncased their musical strings. Jarbeque took up the musical baton inside as the sun began to set, and the dancing shoes came out – undoubtedly spurred on by some invigorating ‘Dutch courage’. The kids safely tucked away home in bed.
Since then, the venue has continued to improve and thrive. The kitchen has been upgraded, dinning room painted, floor re-stumped, and a new chef cooking up a storm. They do a mean Parma night on Thursdays, and Friday dinners are becoming quite popular too.
Update: Restaurant is now open Sunday’s for dinner. The pub also got a brand new Andale glycol beer system on the 10th April too. So pop in and check it out. The place is open daily from 12pm.
We have to thank the team for taking on such a challenge. It by no means would have been an easy feat. But so far so good, and we wish the boys well into the future. Besides, what town doesn’t love a great pub!