New owner for troubled pub

A Richmond pub which has had a patchy past is set to open again next month.

Rob Roy's, which went into liquidation last month and closed, had been sold and would re-open next month, liquidator Geoff Falloon said.

The family restaurant and bar, formerly El Taverna, was taken over and run as Rob Roy's Public House by former Christchurch couple Aaron and Kirsteen Guy.

Their company Aarteen Beamer Ltd was placed in liquidation and Mr Falloon, a chartered accountant of Biz Rescue Ltd, was appointed liquidator in January.

He said yesterday that the business was sold about two weeks ago, with handover due at the start of April.

"The good news is that it has a new operator and will soon be up and running again," he said.

The business is calling for a restaurant manager, bar and food service staff, second chef and kitchen hands.

Job seekers have been referred to Tony Crosbie, but he could not be reached for comment.

In 2011 the Tasman District Council paid just over $2 million for the 2767-square metre site off Queen St as well as half the car park fronting Oxford St.

Council property services manager Jim Frater said at the time that the council had bought the property because it was a strategic asset adjacent to its site, which gave it some options for the future.

El Taverna closed in 2010, and Aarteen Beamer signed up to lease the building. The Guys opened Rob Roy's Public House, based on a former business destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake, in November 2011.