For years, Tony Fazzolori has been the man in front of the door, but now he will have a much greater role to play behind it after taking ownership of the newly-renovated Gasworks Bar in Cobram.
After travelling the globe through his business Premier Protection Services and seeing what works and what does not in the entertainment industry, Mr Fazzolori feels ready to provide the people of Cobram and Barooga with something fresh.
He has provided security for bands such as Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil and clearly knows what it takes to put on a good show.
‘‘Going through and doing those sorts of things puts ideas in your head and makes you ask yourself if you have what it takes to do it yourself and that is what spurred me to take this on,’’ Mr Fazzolori said.
After being offered the chance to run the premises on several occasions after working on the door throughout its history, the timing to take on the challenge was perfect for Mr Fazzolori, who plans to keep things simple.
‘‘At this point in my life I have some good people around me who can help me get it right,’’ he said.
‘‘If I didn’t have Sasha (the venue manager) here I probably wouldn’t have done it. You need to have people who want to put their heart and soul into it and that’s what I have.
‘‘I really just want to take it back to basics and take it back to the roots of the old country-style hospitality and entertainment, so to speak.’’
With the business changing hands and name several times throughout the years, Mr Fazzolori said his biggest objective was to make it a sustainable business where the people of Cobram-Barooga can enjoy themselves.
‘‘I want it to be a place people can go and know they are going to feel safe and get good, classy entertainment and be able to enjoy themselves when they go out,’’ he said.
With the help of numerous local tradesmen, Mr Fazzolori has managed to completely revamp the building and have it ready for opening after four months of hard work.
The venue will offer great variety.
Monday nights will be industry night, free of charge for the people who work in hospitality and do not have the chance to go out on weekends.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be ‘‘chill out nights’’ with finger food supplied by Casa 68, while Friday will be live music night and Saturday DJ night.
Sundays will become a regular fixture once the weather warms up again and the beer garden can be taken advantage of.
Mr Fazzolori said he planned to use other local businesses as much as he could and would offer loyalty reward vouchers to customers which could be used at businesses around town.
‘‘We are a small community, so we need to make sure we help each other out,’’ he said.