Former Katamatite Hotel and current Boosey Creek Cafe and Tavern owner Colin Galvin says he doesn’t have a problem with the community’s attempts to open a new pub, despite recently opening his tavern in the town.
‘‘I haven’t got a problem with them trying to get a new pub in town, I’m moving forward,’’ he said.
Mr Galvin closed the hotel in February and said it was due to a shift in the town’s habits.
‘‘People’s habits have changed ... there’s not a lot of people that go to a hotel and drink these days,’’ he said.
Following the closure of the hotel, Mr Galvin turned the function centre across the road into a tavern, recently opening it for drinks and now for meals on Friday and Saturday nights with the former chef from the hotel.
Mr Galvin said he hoped it would give the community the establishment they were looking for, with the tavern officially opening next week.