Family back behind bar of classic Pioneer Valley hotel

Scott Cronin enjoys his new role as licensee of the family’s Mirani Hotel (inset). Barmaid Anita Evers pours another cold one behind the bar.
Scott Cronin enjoys his new role as licensee of the family’s Mirani Hotel (inset). Barmaid Anita Evers pours another cold one behind the bar. Ross Irby

DRINKERS at the Mirani Hotel have grown used to its bright blue and yellow colours but may soon bid them goodbye.

The friendly pub has been a colourful watering hole for Pioneer Valley residents for about 120 years. For 73 of those years, it's been owned by the Cronin family.

Third generation family operator Scott Cronin has taken the helm and is keen to give the ageing but classic Queenslander a bit of a spruce-up, with new paint and other changes.

His grandparents Frank and Amelio Cronin brought the hotel back in 1942 and it has been a well loved family asset.

"It's been blue and yellow for 13 years. I'd like to paint it maroon and white but my wife Casey says no. She's not a football fan," Mr Cronin joked.

"A new colour scheme is definitely on the horizon. It's just not decided yet.

"It's the last of the old timber pubs in the Valley."

Mr Cronin, a born and bred local, is hotel nominee and has been issued with a temporary licence. His brother Ian is also involved.

"It's a good country pub in a good country town," Mr Cronin said, as he served drinks to the bar regulars.

During a brief management changeover last week the doors of the pub were shut for three days for the first time in at least 73 years.

Keeping their eyes on the pub are Scott's parents, Brian and Lil. In their 80s, they previously operated Mirani Hotel and also had the Marian Railway Hotel but as retirees now live close by in Mirani.

Mr Cronin said local support was awesome and friends and patrons had stepped up by dropping in to help clean and fix things.

He will run the pub for at least the next 12 months with help from his family and believes it has a healthy future.

"Mirani's always been a good town. It's legendary, a good community," Mr Cronin said.

"The town is bigger than it ever was. The Pioneer Lakes development has added around 150 homes."

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