Anthony Hands Over Ownership Of Gnarabar

After spending seven years being in charge of three local venues, Anthony Janssen will hand over ownership of Gnarabar to manager/ chef Ben Bishop. The renowned restaurant, bistro and bar is located by the beach only eight minutes from the renowned Margaret River.

The news article “AJ hands opportunity to new Gnarabar owner” has full details on this story. It says the following, “At 22 years, Anthony took on the failing Gnarabar (then Embiar) business and built it into a successful community hub. He later won the Gnarabup Beach Café lease to open the White Elephant Beach Café, despite plans for its demolition.”

AJ’s story attracted national media attention and allowed him to win numerous business awards. He, however, is now delighted to step back and support up and coming industry professionals.

“I’ve been in the hospitality industry for 15 years and have been really lucky to have had some great mentors along the way,” AJ said, before adding, “The success of Gnarabar showed me that anything is possible with motivation, commitment and the willingness to learn. It has been my dream to give other young people the opportunity to do the same.”

He further noted, “Ben is a great example of my plan coming to fruition and what can be achieved. It’s going to be really great to watch him evolve the business. However, there’s a bigger picture at play where the next generation are empowered to improve industry standards. I truly believe Ben is the man for the job.”

AJ is also due to announce a business partner to help manage his latest townsite enterprise, Morries Anytime.

He is eager to concentrate on development plans for White Elephant Beach Café, take a greater development role in his other two businesses and spend quality time with his young family.

“There really are some talented people out there just waiting to be given the right opportunity,” AJ said, before adding, “It’s going to be sad to walk away from Gnarabar, however, it’s the outcome I have been working towards for years.”

The deal for Gnarabar was signed last month. Ben has worked at Gnarabar as a head chef for several years. He joined the business at the age of 19 as an apprentice chef and will now run it as a sole operator.

To find out more about Gnarabar, check out their website

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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