GRAB YOUR OWN SLICE OF VICTORIA’S GASTRONOMICAL HISTORY
If you’re one of the thousands who’ve enjoyed spending time at the iconic Tinamba Hotel, you’ll know their reputation for incredible food, great atmosphere and locally sourced produce.
Now you have the rare opportunity to own this piece of Victoria’s culinary history. After nearly 10 years, restaurateurs Damien Gannon and Brad Neilson are looking for a change and have decided to pass the baton, so that the history of the iconic Gippsland hotel can live on.
First Established In 1874, initially a weatherboard building it was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire. The hotel has seen many changes over the years. From its days as a Dutch-run pub to the stunning venue that it is today.
Owners Neilson & Gannon were both born and raised in Gippsland. Brad was born in Traralgon and Damien in Tinamba and their local heritage comes through in the food and atmosphere. Together they owned Neilsons Restaurant in Traralgon, which they sold early in 2008.
After a short stint in St Kilda, they returned to Tinamba, taking over Tinamba Hotel in May 2009 and immediately closed it for renovations. After three months of hard work, the Hotel re-opened on August 22, 2009.
Finding the right people to take over the hotel is of paramount importance to the dynamic culinary duo. “We would love to help someone experience the fantastic feeling of being a part of the local Gippsland Food scene. There are so many amazing people working in food, wine and hospitality across Gippsland, not the least of whom is our team at Tinamba, who will be an invaluable asset to whoever takes over.”
Bec and Lewis Prince owners of Neilson’s Kitchen and Little Prince in Traralgon spoke of the kind nature of the Tinamba pair. “You can’t put a price on how valuable Brad and Damien’s guidance and support was after we purchased Nelson’s off them in 2008. They gave us the best opportunity to succeed in the Gippsland hospitality industry. It will be sad to see the boys go, but it’s such an excellent opportunity for someone to own such an iconic venue.”
In 2017 The Herald Sun wrote: Gannon and Neilson have put a lot of effort into gentrifying this dining room, with good napery, comfortable chairs and dinky lamps. Somehow, it’s not twee. No wonder they come from far and wide to Tinamba. Brad and Damien look forward to the opportunity to sit and chat to people about the opportunity to own The Tinamba Hotel.
Damien Gannon 0408 096 009
Brad Neilson 0412 633 986