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The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012

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Title

The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-08-21

Description

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/241873

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/614058

Page content

8 NT NEWS. Tuesday, August 21, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 1 -A U G -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K Dont forget to tune into Sky News this Thursday August 23 at 7.30pm for The NT News/Sky News People Forum. Hosted by Sky News political editor David Speers, the forum will give real Territorians the chance to quiz Labor leader Paul Henderson and CLP leader Terry Mills on the issues that matter to them. THE PEOPLES FORUM vs NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Kittys OK as new owner eyes facelift Trish Kelly and John Meers are ready to renovate after taking over the lease at Kitty OSheas Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD By CAINE EDWARDS Im like a kid in a lolly shop Im really excited about it ONE of Darwins favourite bars is set for a name change, a facelift and a cultural change under its new owner. Former Football Federation NT boss John Meers has bought the lease on Kitty OSheas, and said the excessive youth drinking culture would be a thing of the past. Its not going to be just a place thats going to try and fill people full of drink, and send them on their way, he said. Its not how Ive done business, I dont do it that way and I dont like it that way. Mr Meers is a bona-fide publican, who has years of experience operating successful venues behind him. I was in the pub game for close on 20 years in Sydney, he said. And my family has a history in the pub game. The new owner said he would be renaming the venue, possibly The Mitchell Hotel, and has put up a substantial investment for renovations. Shes going to get a sub stantial facelift and upgrade, and cater to more of an upmarket age group, he said. I dont particularly want to compete with the nightclubs up the other end of town. They can have the 18-22s. Im after a more mature market. Mr Meers also has years of security experience, and said he was looking to get the necessary paperwork in order to supply the venue with his own staff. I want the right people doing the right job, he said. Mr Meers moved to the NT with partner Trish Kelly about two years ago, and said he couldnt wait to reopen the doors of his new pub. Im like a kid in a lolly shop Im really excited about it, he said. I got out of it for a while, but its in the blood so Im back. Mr Meers said the renovations would take time, but he was looking to begin trading in a few months. Im hoping to be open within three months, thats the target, he said.


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