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SHORT AND SHARP
Lone Star turns 21
Lone Star Queenstown is throwing its 21st
birthday bash this Saturday with a Family
Day. A bouncy castle, face painting, free food
and T-shirts and other gift giveaways will be
out front of the restaurant from 1pm til 3pm
on Saturday. The party for the big kids kicks
off at 8pm and country dress costume is
essential. Mr Gardiner bought the restaurant
from founders James and Lucy Whelan in
2006. The Whelans now run their Lone Star
franchise from Christchurch. They are unable
to make the Queenstown celebration because
they are opening a Lone Star restaurant in
Taupo on Saturday night.
Off Road Adventures birthday
Off Road Adventures Queenstown celebrated
23 years on the job and 10 years since the
company launched its four-wheel-drive
touring jeep trips this week. Denis and Marilyn
Columb started the company in 1989 with a
few motorcycles and quad bikes. Son and tour
guide Lochie Columb said about a dozen
company staff got together to celebrate on
New restaurant born
A new casual fine dining Italian restaurant
and bar, Sasso, will open on the Dux de Lux
site in Church St on December 11. Black ZQN
director David Matthews and The Rees
general manager Mark Rose bought the
central Queenstown bar last month and are
investing in a $500,000 refit to convert the
Dux into a 114-seat restaurant. Sasso will
feature small plates, antipasto, pizza, pasta
and a full a la carte menu.
Hotels change managers
Incoming: New area
manager of Scenic
Haast, Brett Inkster
(right), and the new
manager Gavin Barr
have both moved to
By SUE FEA
There's been a changing of the guard at
four of Queenstown's leading hotels with
two longtime general managers moving
Graeme Horsley, who managed the
Scenic Suites Hotel and Heartland Hotel
Queenstown property in Stanley Street
for almost 13 years, is now general
manager at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands in
Paihia. Mr Horsley said it was very sad to
leave Queenstown after so long. His
children had grown up and attended
school there, but he was looking forward
to new challenges in another ''very
There are two new Marlborough
managers on the block at Scenic Circle.
Former Scenic Hotel Group Marlborough
area manager Brett Inkster has taken
over as area manager of both Scenic
Suites Hotel and Heartland Hotel
Queenstown and World Heritage Heart-
land Hotel Haast.
Former Marlborough Convention Centre
venue manager Gavin Barr is the new
executive assistant manager for Scenic
Suites and Heartland in Queenstown.
Mr Inkster managed a $6.5 million
redevelopment at the Marlborough
property and managed the company's
new convention centre.
With two teenage daughters very keen on
rowing, horse riding and netball, the
Inkster family was looking forward to its
Longtime Millennium Queenstown gen-
eral manager John Clarke has retired
after 12 years in the position and almost
40 years in the industry.
He said from Auckland this week that he
was enjoying life at a different pace
travelling around New Zealand meeting
up with people in the industry before
heading to Fiji for a holiday.
Mr Clarke has been involved with the
former New Zealand Hotel Council and is
a former president of Skal International
During his career he managed Noah's
Hotel in Christchurch and opened the
Rydges Hotel in Auckland.
Mr Clarke and partner Marion Wright
hope to retire somewhere in the South
Christchurch hotel manager Paul Philp
has taken over at the Millennium
Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
manager John McIlwain has left the role
after five years to return to Sydney
where he is now managing Rydges World
Square. Rydges Rotorua manager Justin
Mitchell has returned to Queenstown to
take over the role. He was assistant
manager at Rydges Queenstown for five
years from 2000.
Mr Mitchell said he was delighted to be
back in Queenstown, which was such a
beautiful place to work and live in.
''It wasn't a hard decision to make,'' he
Heritage Hotel is also looking for a new
general manager after Carey Norton left
last month to take up a position as
general manager at the Grand Hotel and
Casino Vanuatu. Mr Norton managed the
Queenstown hotel for about five years.
Heritage Queenstown executive assistant
manager Alastair Clifford is acting hotel
manager and said the situation would be
reviewed in the new year.
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