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We're back in business: the fun begins on September 23

Hi all,

This is as big as a Myer Boxing Day sale! Yes, that’s right: the Elpho’s period of inactivity is about to end when we reopen our doors on Wednesday, September 23. And we can’t bloody wait!

Fast-tracking to step three Covid-19 restrictions in regional Victoria has allowed us to flick the switch earlier than anticipated, and the ability to offer indoor dining has only sweetened the deal.

IS THE HOTEL OPEN TO ALL AND SUNDRY? Initially, we’ll only be opening the doors to dine-in customers, with a maximum of 20 people permitted inside the hotel at any one time. The maximum dining period allowed for each table is two hours, and the maximum table size is 10.

We’ll also offer dining in our rear courtyard, with a maximum of 50 guests permitted in that space.


Bookings are essential if you want to sit indoors. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings we’ll be taking bookings from 5:30pm, and on Friday and Saturday nights we’ll introduce two sittings: 5:30-7:30pm and 7:30-9:30pm.

There’s also brunch (10:00am-midday) and lunch (midday-2:30pm) on Saturday and Sunday.

To make a booking(s), call 5473 3165 (leave a message if we don’t answer), or you can send a note through our social channels (Facebook and Instagram) and we’ll get back to you. Please leave your name and phone number.


You can enjoy meals outside in all the times listed above, but we won’t be taking bookings: it will be on a first-come first-served basis.


There are plenty from our side of the equation, but guests must wear a face mask at all times when they are not sitting. eg during bathroom breaks, when arriving and leaving the hotel, or if they decide to get on our roof and clean out the gutters. Also, patrons must continue to sign the guest register. Thanks for your continued support on these measures.


Yes indeed, and I’ll upload those onto our social channels and our website in the next few days. There are three pillars: the summer menu, brunch and we’ve put together six parma specials to kickstart our return to the dining arena. As always, there will be options aplenty, including vegetarian and vegan dishes.

In the first week of October, our ‘themed’ weeks will return with a taste of Mexico.


That just about covers all the reopening bases. Just to confirm, bookings are essential for indoor dining from brunch to dinner, but no bookings are required for outdoor dining.

Thanks for your support during a year that is already etched into the annals of history, and we can’t wait to start chewing the fat with you from next week.


Mel and Mark

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