Gantley’s closing its doors

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After 25 years, famous Arthurs Point restaurant and venue Gantley’s is officially closing down.

Co-owners Brent Rands and Jared Aldridge will shut up shop on May 11.

Auckland’s Marvel Grill and Fireworks Smokehouse is taking over the property.

Its ops boss Lauren Law says: “We have exciting plans for the new place which involve similar menus to Auckland with the grill format plus a lot of smokehouse dishes and a large, exciting bar concept.”

The name of the new restaurant is subject to change but will likely be called Marvel Grill Queenstown.

Law hopes it will be open by September, after renovations.

Rands, who didn’t want to comment at this stage, bought the business from Ian and Karyn Mill in 2003. They’d owned it since 1993.

The building and property have a history stretching back to the 19th century.

It was built in 1863 by Patrick Gantley as a hotel between Arthurs Point and the Skippers Canyon turn-off to service the mining population.

The Mills updated the old pub, which in latter years was known as the Packers Arms.

.8 hectares of landscaped gardens seven kilometres from downtown Queenstown, Gantley’s has hosted countless weddings, parties and conferences over the years.

That includes a rumoured meeting of FBI and CIA bigwigs in the early 2000s and a costume reveal for The Lord of the Rings

Sommelier Rands and head chef Aldridge’s restaurant has won many awards, including an award of excellence from New York’s Wine Spectator every year since 1996.

Law says the new venue will continue hosting weddings, conferences and other events.

mandy.cooper@scene.co.nz