NEW BOSS: Troy Barnett is the Northern Rivers Hotel’s licensee general manager.
NEW BOSS: Troy Barnett is the Northern Rivers Hotel’s licensee general manager. Doug Eaton

Iconic hotel heads in a new direction

THE Northern Rivers Hotel has changed hands and the new owners plan to make the North Lismore pub the city's premier family friendly live music venue.

Licensee general manager Troy Barnett said the hotel, which was formerly owned by Keith Duggan and was purchased from receivers, was the fifth in consortium Lismore Park Hotel's portfolio.

Since taking over managing the hotel on May 22, Mr Barnett said he had made several changes.

"The beer garden has been renovated and we are renovating the accommodation upstairs, the dining room is getting done up and so are the toilets," he said.

"From this week we introduce a brand new menu and seven-day rolling promotional activities.

"My aim, in conjunction with the owners, is to turn the hotel into Lismore's top live music venue.

"Lismore has got many good artists so we are going to work closely with the local musicians of the area and that, along with food, is our focus."

The hotel will also have regular promotions and special offers.

"Children up to 12 will eat free over the weekends if they are with an adult who orders off the main menu and we will have two-for-one meals on Mondays," Mr Barnett said.

"None of the meals on our main menu will cost more than $17.

"My goal is to drive the popularity of the hotel through food and also through entertainment as well."

To achieve his goal, Mr Barnett said he had banned about 15 people from the hotel and cancelled the traditional Thursday evening "gentlemen's entertainment".

"Our real aim is to get a different demographic coming into the hotel."

Next Saturday the Northern Rivers Hotel will feature acoustic guitarists and country music from 3pm.



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