Rower's Club refloats after flood
THE Rower's Club will be spreading the love on Monday when it opens its doors for the first time after the floodwaters that inundated the building during the floods.
Restaurant operator Steve Forman said the Valentine's Day dinner was a special they put on every year.
“The reopening just happened to coincide with Valentine's Day,” he said.
The Valentine's Day dinner is open to bookings by the public.
Mr Forman said the building was inundated in the floods, and he and his staff and helpers had put in a lot of work to get the restaurant operating again.
The ground floor is still not ready for business, and Mr Forman said they had to move all their operations to the top floor.
“We used to have the restaurant downstairs and used the upstairs for functions, but now it's all together,” he said.
“It will be great to see everyone come back again.”
Mr Forman said the kindness shown by the community after the building flooded was amazing.
“I went into hospital in the middle of it all, and I was getting reports from my family,” he said.
“It was just amazing. At times we had up to 50 people helping clean up, people we had never met.”
Mr Forman said that, like all businesses on the river, the Rower's Club had not been able to get flood insurance.
He has applied for disaster relief funding from the state government.