New lease of life for troubled bar

HELEN MURDOCH
Last updated 11:00 07/04/2014

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Richmond's former Rob Roy's will be opening its new look doors early next month as the Armadillo Bar Restaurant and Function Centre.

The business has joined the stable of hotel owner Tony Crosbie, who already has Richmond's Star and Garter and Motueka's Post Office Hotel and Molly Malones.

Rob Roy's went into liquidation in February. Tasman District Council owns the Queen St property.

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.

Crosbie said the Armadillo Bar Restaurant and Function Centre would focus on food, functions and families.

"It will be about providing a good value experience offering all sorts of different functions which can cater for up to 100 people.

A new team of 10 would staff the business which would be open seven days a week from 11am till late.

Crosbie said today's hospitality industry was a challenge with the new liquor licensing laws and changes in people's drinking culture. "So we have to add value for their dollar."

Crosbie said he bought the lease on the property because he believed the new outlet would complement the Star and Garter. "Richmond's my home. I love this community. Plus the timing is right - Richmond is going to another level, it's starting to move."

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