Danny to give travelling a fair go
By DEAN LAWSON
Wimmera fair-go advocate, businessman, resteraunter and general personality Danny Johnson, 67, has spent almost a decade absorbing stories from travellers.
Joining patrons in his Rusty Nail restaurant on the southern outskirts of Warracknabeal in conversation has been a part of his business and life.
But the many experiences people have passed on about living their dreams and travelling through Australia has finally had an impact.
Mr Johnson has given in to an urge to join the migration. But before he farewells the hospitality industry and packs his bags for an extended holiday he is desperate to leave his treasured restaurant, complete with all its trimmings, in the hands of ‘the right people’.
The Rusty Nail, complete with its rustic charm and atmosphere, good food and fascinating collections of memorabilia, has become an iconic stop for people travelling through the region. It has also become a magnet for various groups, parties and individuals.
Mr Johnson, who led 155,000 people in a Save Australia Rally in Melbourne while campaigning for a fair go for rural Australians in 1991, admitted he was unwilling to sell the business he had worked so hard to develop. He had instead decided to lease it to someone who ‘would do it justice’.
“You know, in my restaurant I have had all these lucky people on their way to or from various parts of Australia telling me about their experiences. I’ve travelled a bit overseas, but not in Australia and the truth is, I have itchy feet,” he said.
“I’m as fit as a fiddle and would like to, while I can, climb mountains, get going out there and relax. I want to forget about wages and utility bills.
“It’s time to let it go but at the same time I don’t really want to. It’s a really good business, an amazing set-up and I just need find someone good, someone who understands what it is.
- Get the full story in the July 12, 2012 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.
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Posted on Jul 11 2012