“The building was restored in the early 1990s and has become a Daylesford institution ever since.” – EMMA-JAYNE SCHENK, The Advocate
THE restored Lake Daylesford Boathouse Cafe will open its doors in two weeks after it was gutted by fire in 2012.
All that remained after the blaze were the stumps in the ground, but after months of juggling permits, insurance and construction, the icon has been restored to its former glory – and more.
The cafe will feature history from Lake Daylesford, outdoor dining, a restaurant area and an obvious boating theme.
Up to 20 locals will be employed at the new business, which will be operated by co-lessees Chris Malden and Wayne Cross and manager Travis Melotte.
“The building itself is a replica of the former Boathouse but we really wanted to focus on home-made food that is offered quickly,” Ms Malden said.
“Most people who live around here use the lake frequently and many want to grab something and go for a picnic.
“We’ll be catering towards that need because we don’t want it to be just for tourists – we want it to be about the locals too.” The building was restored in the early 1990s and has become a Daylesford institution ever since.