Cootamundra residents flocked to the reopening of the former White Ibis on Monday night with the newly named The Valley BnB Hotel booked out.
The establishment on Wallendoon Street has been closed since the middle of last year when most recent lessee David Morris departed.
Yasmin Pantouw has moved from Tasmania to take up the reigns and feels privileged to be the one to re-open the venue steeped in local history.
She was inspired by Cootamundra’s geography with the new name and wants to see the venue full of locals for lunch and dinner as well as looking after visitors to town with the accommodation side of the business.
Yasmin was thrilled to see a huge response to the restaurant’s opening night after promoting a new menu on social media.
The boutique hotel is a beautifully restored Victorian building, circa 1876.
The interior of the building remains much as locals would remember with a bar area complete with seating for casual social outings as well as the more formal restaurant.
It has been a venue of choice for weddings, birthdays, work functions and social gatherings in Cootamundra, with Yasmin hoping to build on this strong reputation into the future.
She has employed local people to staff The Valley and is working with them on a number of ideas to get people into the restaurant over the coming months.
They have committed to opening seven days.