Murray completes the full circle
The Waitara District Services & Citizens’ Club is set to double the capacity of its Raleigh restaurant to seat 200 people.
The extension is due to be completed by end of April.
But never fear – Raleigh is remaining fully operational and open for lunch (11.30am-2pm) and dinner (5.30pm-8.30pm) Tuesday to Sunday right through the building process.
Club secretary-manager Murray Allan says the restaurant expansion is a sign of the club’s growing membership, which has topped 800 – with more signing up by the week.
The club has a main lounge bar, plus bars in the functions room and restaurant.
The restaurant serves a variety of fare – grilled scotch fillet on creamy potato mash, and roast meal of the day) remain firm favourites, and are complemented by offerings such as curry, pesto and parmesan fettuccine, and chicken and basil crepes.
Chef Michael Falsted has been operating the restaurant for more than six years, and has developed a mix of a la carte dining and bar meals.
it also caters to functions and events , such as weddings, birthdays etc, at the clubrooms.
A gaming room is equipped with 18 machines, and the club has a TAB with two pods plus terminal.
Flat-screen TVs are popular during sporting events and there is also an outdoor barbecue area for members to enjoy in warmer months.
Having fun is what it’s all about, says Murray Allen.
Every February the club holds an offshore fishing competition – more than 400 anglers entered this year and the heaviest snapper weighed in at eight kilograms.
A wild-boar hunt is held each Queen’s Birthday weekend, with participants free to hunt where they please before heading back to the club for a weighin
. Club adjuncts include outdoor bowls, indoor bowls, darts, pool, golf and an over-60s group.
Courtesy vans are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3.30pm until closing.
The Waitara District & Services Club had its beginnings in 1975 when the local RSA gifted the building and land over to the club. The two operate from the same premises.
Murray says the combination works well, generating a friendly atmosphere that patrons appreciate.
After being secretary manager for 30 years and being made a life member recently, he has seen a lot of changes in the club.
He has overseen a huge increase in membership – the club had 40 members when he arrived.
He has also overseen the setting-up of Raleigh.
So, he feels he has almost come full circle and sees it as fitting that he is due to hand over the reins this year.
“Somebody younger can come in and take the club into the next era,” he adds.