After 10 years Rohan and Sarah Birchmore have said farewell to Launceston restaurant Pierre’s but they are leaving it in experienced hands.
Front of house manager Amy Hallam and head chef Jonathon Barnard will lease the restaurant space from the Birchmore family.
“Jono and Amy between them have been working with restaurant for so many years and to protect the longevity and look after the loyal customer base that we’ve got, it was the most logical decision for us,” Mr Birchmore said.
“We did a refurbishment 10 years ago and the family owns the building, so it was very important to us because we love it.”
Mr Birchmore said while there were others who expressed interest in the business the best arrangement was to agree to the joint partnership.
“We are very excited, especially to continue such a legacy and keep it going for hopefully another decade,” Miss Hallam said.
“It would be such a shame to see it disappear and that was a big factor for us … we knew there was a possibility that someone could come in and takeover and completely change it into something else.”
Miss Hallam started at the business seven years ago and Mr Barnard came to the business as a third year apprentice six years ago.
“It gives me great comfort that we have done the arrangement with Jono and Amy because they know the business, they know what it stands for and they know the customer,” Mr Birchmore said.
“But with their added twists on things ... these two have got the confidence and abiltiy to do that because I have seen them do it.”