THE new owners of the Golden Square Hotel plan to revitalise the pub.
General manager Peter Griffin said significant changes had already been made to the High Street venue since it was bought about six weeks ago.
“There have been some substantial changes to the interior,” he said.
“We’ve got a far more extensive beer list and we’ve totally resurrected the wine list.
“We feature all-local wines and the majority of staff are new.
“The next phase is the improvement of the kitchen and the quality of the menu.”
Mr Griffin said a group had purchased the pub because it had “potential”.
“We thought the hotel was desirable from a business perspective,” he said.
“It had a lot of potential.
“We thought we’d put our own spin and effort into the hotel and improve the operations to make it one of the more successful hotels in the area.
“It was struggling.
“The business was in decline.
“We’re now looking at all aspects of the business.
“We want all parts of the business firing.”
Mr Griffin said the pub had 16 beers on tap, which included craft beer.
“We’ve probably got the largest selection of craft beer on tap in the area,” he said.
“We want to build a beer garden for drinking during the warmer weather.
“We’ve got a function room that we’ll be marketing to business groups and for general events.
“We want to aim for the middle to upper end of the market in terms of providing premium products and a high level of service without alienating our local market.”
The pub employs about 10 people and Mr Griffin said he was looking high-quality kitchen staff.
“There are heaps of pubs in Bendigo,” he said.
“Competition is hard, it’s a competitive market.
“We’re pushing the boundaries a bit and we want to bring the standards above what most hotels provide.”
Darcy Dove has taken over as the manager of the hotel.
Mr Griffin said publicans from Bendigo and Melbourne had bought the business.
The company is advertising for a head chef online.