They say that ‘no news is good news’ and after all the virus updates, closures, openings, updates, uncertainties, and updates we’d agree with the n.n.i.g.n. message.
Despite that, we’ve got some news that is good news – the Bistro will reopen on 5 June, for Friday to Sunday evening meals. At this stage we’re limited to 20 people at a time, with a maximum of six people per table, each table at a ‘socially responsible’ distance. There will be two sittings, at 5.30 and 7pm (so no lingering over your meal with a bottle of port… ). We’re looking forward to trying out the new menu, but we will also continue to enjoy some of the popular favourites. Well done, John and crew in the kitchen! Thanks for ‘hanging in there’ through this difficult time.
By the time you read this, maybe it has all changed, hopefully for a better, more social life. Like us, we know many of you are looking forward to the re-opening of the bar. Keep an eye on the hand-made signs outside the Hotel for news ‘as it happens’.
Thank you all for your support of the limited services we were able to supply over the last few months (bottle shop, take away meals, home deliveries of food etc.). This has made a difference for the survival of the Hotel and the continuing employment of staff.
And an enormous “hooray” for Roger and Gwenda Pither, who have delivered take-away meals over hill and dale around Boolarra. It just shows that you can’t keep a good (retired) postman and postmistress down. As they say ‘We know where you live’. (When the bar opens again, we’ll buy each of you a drink).
One other thing that is underway – the Friends of the Boolarra Community Hotel group are working towards becoming an incorporated association, for all sorts of boring financial, legal and administrative reasons. We‘re sure the sociability and friendliness within the group will survive the change. If you are already part of the FoBCH group, you will have received some formal notification. If you want to join with the Friends, contact any of the people you know connected with the Hotel and they will make you welcome.
What’s involved in being a Friend of the Boolarra Community Hotel? A willingness to support the Hotel by either your patronage, your voluntary efforts in helping maintain the buildings and grounds, or a small regular donation of funds. This support has made a significant difference to the viability of the Hotel.
Breaking news! The Hotel has received funding from the Latrobe Valley Business and Industry Capability Fund for the development of their own website. We envisage this will be the best source for those wanting up-to-date information on the facilities at the Hotel, as well as being able to link our website with local groups and businesses servicing our community.
We’re happy to receive feedback about what you feel is working (or not working) at your local pub! Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop us a note c/o Post Office.
Stay safe and stay well.