LAST DRINKS: Dalby hotel owners reveal why they closed its doors
AFTER a three year run, Keith and Ann Beer have called time on their beloved country club.
“Due to personal health reasons we are ready to call it time,” Mr Beer said.
“We just want to take control of our lives again.”
The Beer’s bought the property back in 2017 with the vision to upgrade the bar and dining area.
“We had a vision when we bought the place, we executed it and now we are ready to move on.”
After putting the property on the market at the end of last year, the Beer’s were shocked that the hotel sold in the first 24 hours.
“We put the whole lot up for sale at the same time, a couple of hours later the real estate agent rang up and said someone wanted to buy it.”
“We really wanted to time the change over so no one would have to be laid off, unfortunately the guy who is interested in the restaurant can’t seem to make up his mind.”
Mr Beer said that in the 48 years he has been in business, he has never had to lay anyone off until now.
“It has been an incredibly hard decision but we just need to step away from it all.”
“We enjoy having projects, but I think now we have realised that we have taken on too much and it has taken it’ toll.”
The announcement came as a shock to the local community with management announcing it on Facebook late last week.
One follower described it as a very sad time for Dalby while another recalled fond memories about catching up at the establishment for a coffee.
The Beer’s will enjoy some time away in April before thinking about their next project which Mr Beer hopes will be a service station.
“We have loved working at the pub, but it is a 24/7 job.
“20 years ago I would be more than happy to put the hours in, but with our age now and we have become great-grandparents we want to be able to sit back.”
While the country club had it’s last drinks on Sunday night, the bottle shop will remain open to clear remaining stock.