ARARAT - Chalambar Golf Club is preparing to reopen its new-look bistro with a new chef appointed and a full refurbishment under way.
Chally's Bar and Bistro will open with management brought in-house, new modern decor and a brand-new menu thanks to head chef Tim Andrew, who was appointed last week.
Chalambar manager Tim Cronin said club members were really excited about the bistro re-opening and said the new management structure meant the club would have full control of its offering from menu to staff, opening hours and service.
Mr Cronin said the dining room refurbishment would create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with lounge and bar areas for a quiet drink or coffee, as well as spaces for meals, groups and get togethers.
And families will be especially welcome with a children's menu and play area.
"Chally's will be a great place for people to relax, unwind and socialise, whether they come for a quick drink, to read the paper over a coffee or to enjoy a meal with the family," Mr Cronin said.
"We are really keen to make the Chally's experience a relaxing and welcoming one where people feel at home and can choose from a meal and drinks range to suit all budgets. And we're looking forward to unveiling the new decor - people won't recognise the former dining room once the refit is finished."
Mr Cronin said the bistro refurbishment would be finished mid to late May, when the club would re-launch and re-open to the public.
"It's an exciting time for the club and staff, management and members are all looking forward to providing Ararat and district with a relaxing and welcoming dining option," he said.
Mr Andrew has worked in large bistros, hotels and most recently at Eventide Homes in Stawell over his 32-year career.
He said the Chally's menu would aim to please all palates and price ranges, and would include a menu for the kids to ensure they were happy too.
"My vision for the bistro is to ensure that we give our customers a point of difference with our atmosphere, and consistently high-quality food and service at a great price," he said.
Mr Andrew said the new menu would include a range of dishes from pasta and salads to steaks and parmigiana, Asian dishes, seafood and curries. And there would also be specials to provide even more variety.
The club is currently advertising for bistro staff and Mr Cronin encouraged anyone interested to contact him at the club.