Bended Elbow

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Bended Elbow
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Town Ballarat
Street Lydiard Street
Opened August 2007, and 2011
Closed December 2008, and 2013
Known dates 2007-2008, 2011-2013
Other names Miners Tavern
Grand Hotel
Evidence Building still standing

The Bended Elbow was a hotel in Ballarat, 2007-2008, 2011-2013.

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The hotel was in a large bluestone warehouse in Lydiard Street, Ballarat. It closed in 2009, and then reopened again in 2011. In 2013 it became the Miners Tavern. The building was the home of John McLeod and Co., General Merchants, in c. 1920. In the 1970's it was the home of the Canopy Club (a basement nightclub) and a high class Italian restaurant "La Scala".[1]

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History[edit | edit source]

The Bended Elbow was a franchised hotel which opened in September 2006 in an old bluestone warehouse in Lydiard Street.[2][3] The hotel was operated by a Melbourne based company called Cornerstone Hotels.

In February 2007, the co-owner of the hotel, Andrew Leishman complained to the newspaper about repeated vandalism to the hotel by patrons:

""We expect levels of destruction to some extent, but not where I'm having to renovate the toilets, where people are ripping hand dryers off walls and smashing in the walls so it looks like something from Baghdad."[4]

He said up to three toilet bowls were smashed every week, and that the hotel was employing 20 security guards on a Saturday night.[4]

In April 2007 a 19 year old Ballarat woman was charged with four counts of aggravated assault after glassing another woman in the hotel's toilets.[5]

In February 2009, a security guard at the hotel was given a 15 month suspended gaol sentence for sexually assaulting a young woman in the hotels toilets in July 2007.[6]

After incidents of violence and vandalism, the hotel's owners, the Ballar Property Trust, canceled the ten year lease and the hotel closed on 23 December 2008.[3] There were also fire safety issues and the hotel owners and operators were given three months to fix the problems after the hotel in December.[2]

The hotel then reopened as the Grand Hotel.

In December 2011 the owner of the Bended Elbow franchise, Matthew Layden, announced the franchise which also operated hotels in Geelong and Albury, had taken over the management of the hotel, and would reinstate the Bended Elbow name.[3]

In 2013 the hotel was opened as the Miners Tavern.[1]

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The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2019, Ford, Alex, 'Ballarat's Miners Tavern appoints administrators', Ballarat Courier, 13 February 2019,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2009, 'D-day for Bended Elbow', Ballarat Courier, 20 March 2009,
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2010, Rayner, Meg, 'Bended Elbow makes a return to Ballarat', Ballarat Courier, 22 December 2010,
  4. 4.0 4.1 2007, 'Vandals weary hotel's owner', Ballarat Courier, 12 February 2007,
  5. 2008, 'Confusion over "glassing" of woman at pub', Ballarat Courier, 16 July 2008,
  6. 2009, 'Bouncer assaults sick patron', 25 February 2009,

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