Falvey family has grand plans for revamped pub
THE spurt of construction along Warwick Rd at Yamanto has coincided with the former Glades Hotel receiving a new lease of life.
The Falvey family, which has a long association with Ipswich through Falvey's Cecil Hotel at Goodna, recently acquired the large public bar, function room, TAB and gaming machine venue, with plans to capitalise on the growing population.
With a good clean-up, some new signage, a new menu and plans for live entertainment later in the year, the new owners of the renamed Falvey's Grand Hotel said they were already seeing an increase in patronage.
Michael Falvey, whose parents Peter and Kim have run the Cecil for 32 years, said growth at Yamanto was an encouraging sign.
MAKING HEADLINES TODAY ...
"You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out that this is a growth area," Mr Falvey said.
"The bones of this hotel are fine - it needed a facelift but we are going to give it a lot of love. We want to replicate what we've done at Goodna with good food, and a good family atmosphere."
One of the first major renovations on the cards will be the $70,000 replacement of the beer tap system, due to take place in about a month's time.
The Falveys have kept many of the existing staff, but will employ an additional chef to help deal with a sudden burst in patronage.
Mr Falvey said he was open to ideas for live entertainment.
He is already planning a live boxing fight night for November.
Before moving to Ipswich, Michael's parents Peter and Kim also ran pubs in Beenleigh and Charleville. Michael and older sister Brooke were raised around the family business to be considered naturals in this line of work. Mrs Falvey said her son and daughter's role in running the Yamanto venue represented the next generation picking up the reins.