AT THE VENUE: Eden Wickens and Steffanie Marschke.
AT THE VENUE: Eden Wickens and Steffanie Marschke. Mike Knott BUN

PHOTOS: Have a look inside revamped Alloway club

NEW owners, new staff, a new sophisticated look and a new menu.

From the moment you walk through the doors it's obvious not much remains of the former Alloway Country Club.

And that was exactly what new owners Giani and Rebecca Gorza wanted when they reopened the former club as At the Venue on Christmas Day.

With glamorous and classy decor, and serving up value for money meals, the restaurant, which is currently open Tuesday to Saturday nights, offers something unexpected.

 

AT THE VENUE: Steffanie Marschke and Eden Wickens.
AT THE VENUE: Steffanie Marschke and Eden Wickens. Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE10

And already the word is spreading.

Set to provide jobs for more than 10 casual employees as functions become a bigger part of the venture, initially the couple, as well as Rebecca's three daughters, Melita, Steffanie and Ally Marschke, are the driving force behind At the Venue.

AT THE VENUE: Ally Marschke.
AT THE VENUE: Ally Marschke. Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE1

"We've got weddings and parties all booked in and for the past couple of weeks we've been open five nights a week. The public is starting to come in and we're getting a lot of great reviews on Facebook," Rebecca said.

"It is very much a family thing for us and at the moment it's mainly the five running the place.

 

AT THE VENUE: Netty Law and Sharmaine Turner.
AT THE VENUE: Netty Law and Sharmaine Turner. Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE14

"I am still looking for a cook, but at the moment I'm the cook.

"We're doing Asian, Italian, Indian and buffet a different night of the week but we'd like to have it themed.

 

AT THE VENUE: Jorja Briggs and Grace Blair.
AT THE VENUE: Jorja Briggs and Grace Blair. Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE15

"Eventually we will also be open seven days a week."

Determined to prove local fresh ingredients and generous sized meals don't have to be expensive, Rebecca won't accept anything but the best produce.

 

AT THE VENUE: Dining room.
AT THE VENUE: Dining room. Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE16

"Äll our vegetables are from local growers and all our meat is from local butchers," she said.

"But we have really good prices, our meals range from $12, we have $12 meals every night, our buffet is $12 a head and all of our meals, including the steaks start from $12.

 

AT THE VENUE: Travis Vick, Melita Marschke, Madison Cornale, Katrina Treagus and Amber Newcombe.
AT THE VENUE: Travis Vick, Melita Marschke, Madison Cornale, Katrina Treagus and Amber Newcombe. Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE17

"People are coming from Bucca and South Kolan, travelling for a sticky beak and we'd like more people to come and have a look to see what we can offer."

The couple is hoping it's enough to impress and make the drive out to Alloway more than worthwhile.

 

AT THE VENUE: Travis Vick.
AT THE VENUE: Travis Vick. Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE18

"Because it was shut for 10 months, it's like opening a new venue, so it takes time for the public to get used to it being open again," Giani said.

"But we've already got a regular who's coming four nights a week."

 

AT THE VENUE: Madison Cornale, Amber Newcombe, Sharmaine Turner, Melita Marschke, Travis Vick, Giani Gorza and Rebecca Gorza (front). Kyle Mendador, Jorja Briggs, Eden Wickens, Katrina Treagus, Grace Blair, Netty Law, Colleen Cameron, Ally Marschke and Steffanie Marschke (back).
AT THE VENUE: Madison Cornale, Amber Newcombe, Sharmaine Turner, Melita Marschke, Travis Vick, Giani Gorza and Rebecca Gorza (front). Kyle Mendador, Jorja Briggs, Eden Wickens, Katrina Treagus, Grace Blair, Netty Law, Colleen Cameron, Ally Marschke and Steffanie Marschke (back). Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE19

At the Venue is open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday and is located at 4340 Goodwood Rd, Alloway.

For more details call 0420 285 893 or find them on Facebook.

 

AT THE VENUE: Giani Gorza, Melita Marschke, Steffanie Marschke, Rebecca Gorza and Ally Marschke.
AT THE VENUE: Giani Gorza, Melita Marschke, Steffanie Marschke, Rebecca Gorza and Ally Marschke. Mike Knott BUN130117ATTHEVENUE21


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