Change Of Ownership At Wino’s

One of the co-founders of a renowned WA brewery has purchased Wino’s. Current owner Mike Gadd announced recently that he sold the iconic main street dining venue to businessman Howard Cearns, who founded Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle and is the director of the Yallingup-based Swings & Roundabouts shareholder group.

The news article “Iconic Wino’s changes hands” has full details on this story. It quotes Mr. Gadd as saying, “I’ve wanted to take Wino’s to the next step for a while, so I approached Howard Cearns threeand- a-half months ago with a proposition for an all-in business concept. What’s annoyed me about Margaret River for some time is that we produce some of the best wines in the world, but the town itself doesn’t celebrate it at all. We want to create a classic cellar door experience and bring it to the main street of Margaret River.”

Mr. Gadd further said that the new restaurant would continue operating under the same name until September when the deal is expected to be finalised. He expects to stay in a consulting position and is convinced that the new business would continue the Winos’ tradition of offering the best gourmet dining and international and local wines.

Paul Birch, the operations director at Swings & Roundabouts, said that the shareholder group was attracted to the business due to its prime location.  He believes it is the perfect chance for the Yallingup winery to set up base in Margaret River.

“We will maintain our cellar door in Yallingup and the hospitality venture … will have a bar and restaurant facility that’ll make wine more accessible to people,” Mr. Birch said.

“There’s a lot of creative stuff that’s yet to be developed yet, but once the liquor licence transfers over … we will finalise more concepts and look to redevelop the site later this year,” he added.

Mr. Gadd said that he looked forward to taking time out from the hospitality industry.

“Being in the hospitality industry is like working in dog years. For one year, you feel like you’ve worked seven,” he said.

“You’re the ultimate dart board for opinions. I’ve never seen an industry that’s scrutinized at the level of hospitality.

“I plan to not to have a plan for the future.”

Mr. Gadd and David Hillcox will team up to run a B&B and mountain bike-oriented hub at the Old Settlement.

You can find out more about Wino’s here

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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