Turnaround fails to save pub
A long-running Nelson pub has gone into liquidation just six months after a new owner pledged to turn it around.
The Bush Inn Tavern on Grove St in the Wood closed its doors on Sunday, as the company managing the tavern, Bush Tavern 2013 Limited, was put into liquidation.
Liquidator Geoff Falloon has been appointed to find a new owner. Picton man Barry Dorset took over the tavern in April, becoming the latest owner in the pub's 155-year history. He had 30 years experience in the hospitality industry.
In April, he said the pub had lost a bit of patronage over the years, but he had been keen to turn that around, and had made changes to the restaurant and opted for a "traditional pub approach", rather than offering craft beer brands.
Mr Dorset is understood to have returned to Picton, but was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
Mr Falloon said there were a number of parties interested in the business, and he hoped he would be able to have a purchaser for the lease and the business, or the whole complex by the end of the week. He was unable to comment on the reasons for the liquidation.
The amount owing was "not too bad", but he did not yet know the full story. As creditors put in their claims the business' status would become clearer.
His first liquidator's report was due at the end of September, but was not yet online this morning. Creditors have until the end of October to make their claims.
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