Million dollar upgrade for closed country club
WITH a new name and a new look, the former Alloway Country Club will be unrecognisable when it reopens its doors.
Undergoing a complete transformation, the new owners plan to invest up to a $1million to turn the Goodwood Rd property into a stunning functions facility and restaurant, while also reopening the renovated industrial-look workers bar.
The Gorza Family project, lead by Antonio and Emma Gorza has seen son Giani and Rebecca working to bring plenty of class to the newly named At the Venue.
"It was really run down," Rebecca said.
"It's going to be very pretty, it will look completely different from the front."
"We've got to change it so people don't think it's still the old Alloway Country Club," Giani added.
For Giani and his brother Daniel, securing the property as a family business brings back plenty of memories.
As teenagers in the late 1970s, the brothers were part of the Alloway Country Club official opening - they took care of the music for the disco.
But when the club was placed into receivership, Giani was as concerned as other locals that it would be sold to someone who didn't have the communities best interests at heart.
"Everyone was worried a southerner would buy it and do something completely different and alienate the locals," he said.
But the Gorza's saw the property as an opportunity to run a profitable business and give back to the community. They have invited the Alloway Football Club to have the grounds back, giving the Alloway sporting clubs a home base again.
"We're ecstatic to have the opportunity to do this," Giani said.
And Giani also wants to help provide a venue for young musicians.
"We'd love to have a battle of the bands because there's no where really to show their talents," he said.
There's still plenty of work to do but Giani said the council and Main Roads had been very helpful as they worked towards delivering their short and long term plans.
Giani and Rebecca expect to have the functions part of the business up and running in about two months before opening for evening meals seven days a week.
The couple are also calling for sugar cane industry memorabilia to decorate the workers bar and reflect the region's industry.