Incoming: The Hayes' new owners Grant Murphy, left, and Brent Edgerton


Two well-known Queenstown hospo figures have bought Lake Hayes Estate bistro business, The Hayes.

They’re Brent Edgerton, who’s managed the joint for almost four years after 10 years running bars, principally Queenstown’s The Pig & Whistle, for Barry Ellis, and Grant ‘Spud’
Murphy, who co-owned Chico’s Bar & Grill in The Mall for almost 30 years.

‘‘We’re basically family,’’ Edgerton says, ‘‘because Spud’s married to my cousin, I’ve known
him since I was 11 years old, I think’’.

Murphy says ‘‘we were having a few beers and a bit of yarn’’ when they decided to buy the
business — as a result, they’ve named their company Few Beers Ltd.

He’s enjoyed a five-year break from hospo since he and his wife Lisa sold Chico’s and the associated Old Man Rock cafe/bar, and has reinvented himself as a builder.

‘‘I just needed that little bit of time to clear the head.’’

Edgerton adds: ‘‘I think Spud left hospitality, hospitality never left Spud.’’

He says the out going owners — Erica and Mark Latham and Jackie and Brad Rule — have done a good job.

‘‘We just want to build on what they’ve done.’’

Murphy: ‘‘We’ve just got a good solid community of [patrons], the solid people who keep
Queenstown going, and it’s a nice environment out here.’’

With Edgerton’s intimate knowledge of the business, which includes an adjacent deli and
convenience store, and with Murphy living just around the corner, expect the two new owners to be having a few more yarns and beers together.