Following months of negotiations with its building owners, the Chisholm Family Tavern will call last drinks in May.

The owners of the Tavern have been asked to vacate the premises by ‘early May’ after almost 30 years of service.

Disputes over the future of the site came to a head last month when plans for a McDonald’s store where the Tavern currently sits were revealed.

The fast-food chain would have required the acquisition of a neighbouring toilet block to go ahead, however, the ACT Government refused to sell the additional land following community backlash.

It now appears those plans have been scrapped but with the Tavern’s owners still told to move on, it remains unclear what the site’s future holds.

In a post on the Tavern’s Facebook page Co-owner, Jenny Hunt said it’s been an overwhelming journey to save the Tavern over the past few months.

“We have been playing quite the long waiting game to hear back from the complex owners after the sale of the toilet block was refused which we had hoped would save the tavern.”


“We can’t thank everyone enough for all the community and local government support. Everything you all did to try and save us is so appreciated, it feels very weird to have to say goodbye for a second time.” Ms Hunt added.

The Tavern’s owners will now begin working on their ‘plan of attack’ to wind up their time at the site with plans for a final send-off also in the works.

“We won the battle but not the war.” Ms Hunt concluded.