New owners for Guilty

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Queenstown newcomers Craig and Michelle Eccles (above) have bought local bar/restaurant Guilty from original owner Barry Ellis. 

The couple, who are in their early-40s and have three children, have lived in Auckland for the past eight years. 

Craig had various national sales manager roles, most latterly with magazine distributor Gordon & Gotch. Michelle has worked in advertising and administration. 

The couple intend renaming the venue later this year while still retaining a connection to its original use as Queenstown’s courthouse for 130 years. 

Ellis, who also owns the neighbouring Pig & Whistle pub, opened Guilty in 2007.