Star Hotel Yackandandah

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IT’S not only the locals that are taking advantage of the mouth-watering barbecue platters and country hospitality at The Star Hotel in Yackandandah, visitors, too, are flocking in droves.

Owners Matt Frauenfelder, his wife Kim and father-in-law Steve Henderson bought the iconic watering hole three years ago and have made some significant changes, both aesthetically and to the menu.

“We have changed it a lot with a new kitchen, semi new bar and freshened it up,” Matt said.

Matt, a chef who has more than three decades of experience in the hospitality industry, led the charge to revamp the hotel’s menu.

“We still cater for the old school pub meals so you can still get your traditional parmie,” he said.

“But we have also taken a modern twist on the food, with some American style barbecue dishes which have proved popular.

“The barbecue platters have beef ribs, pork ribs, lamb ribs and New York steak.

“I use red gum and charcoal to cook the steaks with.”

Matt said the trio had been working hard to transform the hotel into ‘the place’ for people in Yackandandah as well as visitors to meet.

“We are a family-owned business and we want to look after families and provide them with a great place to come, something that is great for community spirit,” he said.

“We want the hotel to be an attraction for Yackandandah.”

Matt said there were plans to have a brewery onsite down the track.

“We are just taking small steps to make changes at this stage,” he said.

“It’s an exciting time for not only us but for the community.”