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Oscar W's to close its doors

Echuca’s most acclaimed restaurant Oscar Ws Wharfside will close its doors on July 31.

May 22, 2014 7:45pm

Oscar W's is set to close its doors on July 31.


UPDATE: Campaspe Shire chief executive Keith Baillie has released a statement this afternoon with more details about the decision to end the lease for Oscar W's.
 
"As with any relationship between a landlord and tenant, discussions between council and the Oberins in this regard are confidential. Accordingly council is not prepared to elaborate on the nature or content of these matters."
 

Mr Baillie said council is aware of the significance of the building as part of the port precinct. 

"The building has supported a very successful business since 1997 and has brought value to Echuca Moama and the region."

"While the current lease was due to expire in 2015, it has always been council’s intention that the building will continue to play a valuable role in supporting tourism into the future."

He said council recognises the importance of re-establishing the active use of the building as soon as possible.

Restaurant owner Dean Oberin was contacted for comment today but Mr Oberin said he could not expand further, beyond what was initially said in the Thursday night media statement.
 

EARLIER: Echuca’s most acclaimed restaurant Oscar Ws Wharfside will close its doors on July 31.

 
Owners Dean and Renee Oberin will close the Port of Echuca restaurant, which recently received a chef’s hat in The Age’s Good Food Guide.
 
Oscar Ws has been a tourist drawcard since it first opened in 1997.
 
In a joint statement released at 7pm last night, landlords Campaspe Shire and the Oberins had agreed on terms.
 
For clarity, the entire statement reads: 

"Oscar W’s Wharfside Restaurant is a highly recognised restaurant that has brought significant value to Echuca Moama and the region since 1997."
 
"The business is owned and operated by Dean and Renee Oberin in a building that is owned by the Council."
 
"Council and the Oberins have been in discussion for some time about works that are required at the building, including the type and timing of these works."
 
"As a result it has been agreed that the current restaurant lease will end on 31 July 2014, instead of September 2015, providing greater certainty for both Council and the Oberins to plan for the future."
 
Last year, the Oberins re-opened the new-look American Hotel, after the freehold had been in the family for many years.
 
Last night's media statement was released by council shortly before the Riv's print deadline for its Friday paper.
 
Efforts to contact Mr Oberin last night were unsuccessful.
 
Riv staff will be seeking more information on the situation today.
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