Amid an ongoing battle to secure the future of a Tuggeranong tavern, its owners have now decided to close the doors for good.
The Chisholm Family Tavern will cease trading this Sunday 19 September.
Owners, Jenny and Graham ‘Gumby’ Hunt took to the Tavern’s Facebook page on Wednesday to share the news with its customers.
“Well, it wasn’t as if we all didn’t try.”
The decision was made due to the ongoing lockdown in the ACT with Tuesday’s month-long extension of the stay-at-home orders determined to be ‘unmanageable’ for the business.
“Not because we want to retire, not because we don’t love all the regulars and those who have come to enjoy the atmosphere and the food, it’s going to be impossible to manage the restrictions that the government will put in place yet again.”
The decision comes after almost two years of ongoing negotiations between the owners and the building’s landlords.
Earlier this year, the Tavern faced closure when McDonald’s lodged plans to build a store on the site but those plans were shut down following a community campaign which saw the ACT Government refuse to sell accompanying land that was required for the store’s build.
The Tavern’s owners have given a shoutout to the customers that have supports the business during their past 30 years of operation.
“We would like to say thank you for all your support.”
“Those of you who have been coming to ‘The Tav’ for all or part of the thirty years we have been there a big thanks and an even bigger farewell to all.”
The Tavern will continue to offer takeaway meals for the rest of the week.