Benalla's hospitality industry is feeling the pinch with one restaurant going into voluntary administration last week, and several others up for sale.MONIQUE FREER February 12, 2014 10:25am
Up to nine jobs have been lost following the closure of Benalla restaurant Don Giovanni’s on Thursday.
Owner Loris Hunter made the decision on Thursday to close her doors permanently and go into voluntary administration, after the business had been struggling financially.
Her daughter Virginia Hunter — who had been working on a voluntary basis — said the family was devastated to close the business.
‘‘It wasn’t a decision that was made lightly,’’ she said.
‘‘Mum is an emotional wreck .
Loris took over the restaurant in April last year with her husband Andrew and prided herself on running a family business that catered to the Benalla community.
She told the Ensign at the time that she hoped to provide local jobs and give young people experience in their first job.
‘‘We’d like to thank the staff for their loyalty and hard work; the staff have been absolutely fantastic,’’ Miss Hunter said.
‘‘Everyone’s known that it might be happening for a while but we were giving it all we could to try and keep it going.’’
Miss Hunter said the tough economy and recent hot weather had contributed to the business’ fast decline, as people were reluctant to spend money.
‘‘No-one has money,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s been a really hot summer too so people don’t want to leave their houses and if they do they want to go somewhere where it’s freezing cold inside, not just cool.’’
See full story in this week’s Ensign.
The Country Fire Authority attended a Goulburn Valley Hwy furniture shop early this morning.
The Tungamah Football Netball Club has completed a fairytale season to clinch the Picola and District Football Netball League South East Premiership with an emphatic 106 point win over the Katamatite Tigers at Tungamah.
Billed as ‘Fabulous Flowers and Fine Food’, Tatura’s Anglican Church Parish had a successful fundraiser on Thursday, September 4.
Moama Bowling Club's Michael Walker has been chosen for the 2014 Australian Premier League team.
David and Katrina Christie’s Nanneella dairy farm is now home to one of the biggest sheds in the district, a 160m by 37m monster.
Don’t write Ky off yet, says coach ahead of preliminary final
Seymour event packs out St Mary's College on Saturday night.
Star Tocumwal defender took her club's A grade best and fairest award last weekend, adding to her 2014 PDNL medal.
Mia Mia Cricket Club is about to field its first cricket team since 2001
Cobram Mens Shed chips away at the issue of mental health but calls for more space.
Breakout seasons from Deni Rovers Jamie Thorpe and Nick Hay have seen the pair rewarded with respective best and fairest titles.
Now the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is enshrined in law, many opponents of the controversial plan to return irrigation water to the environment appear to have lost interest.
More than 320 000 foxes and 1500 wild dogs had been eradicated under the bounty scheme in the past three years.
- Motorcycle ride raises money for cancer charity
- Leukaemia patients come together to support Light the Night Benalla
- Permit sought for a clay target shooting range at a disused quarry at Baddaginnie
- Acclaimed pastry chef returns to Benalla
- Benalla resident on journey to help others with mental illness
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.