KANDANGA Hotel has a new lease of life after changing hands before Easter.
The family team of Doug and Carolyn Greensill, with son John, are the new faces serving cold beer and swapping the odd tall tale behind the bar.
Mrs Greensill said the first month after taking on the hotel felt like a small milestone.
"Things are definitely starting to settle down a bit now," Mrs Greensill said.
"There's always a few things to sort out when you start."
The couple still have their house in Gympie but are living on-site at the hotel itself.
Mr Greensill still runs his business, Gympie Septic, while their son has his own business - Wide Bay Contractors.
It makes for a hectic schedule at times, but the family has no regrets.
Mrs Greensill remembers the drive to inspect the hotel before signing off on the new venture.
"Kandanga is a lovely town and has a nice setting," she said. "I just like the whole vibe, the personalities and the community."
The Kandanga Hotel has a loyal following of local regulars in addition to the passing weekend tourist trade.
Mrs Greensill said the interaction with her customers made the working day enjoyable.
"There are some real characters in town," she said. "I love swapping stories and hearing about people's lives."
Nicknames become familiar, too, including one local regular called One Sock Johnny, for apparent reasons.
The couple has plans for the future, inspired by a previous experience running a hotel in Wooloorin, near Kingaroy, eight years ago.
A beer garden is on the drawing board, but structural changes are off limits.
"We want to keep the structure and the feel of the hotel," Mrs Greensill said.
Entertainment is also important with plans to bring live acts to the hotel every three months.
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