Paul Conroy

Principal Hospitality Consultant

The Full Journey

Humble Beginnings

The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

My professional hospitality career began at the early age of 18. I immediately fell in love with the hospitality world. The people, the environment, the atmosphere -  I knew straight away that hospitality was what I wanted to do.

When I landed myself a job at Doyles Bridge Hotel in Mordialloc, I didn't know it at the time but the wheels were put in motion for where I am today. As I rose through the ranks from waiter to supervisor to restaurant manager, and then finally assistant Hotel manager of the multi-million dollar venue; my destiny was set.

In 2008 at 27 years of age a colleague of mine and I decided to save 10% of our wages every week, in the hopes of having enough money in 3-4 years time to buy a place of our very own. We really had no idea how to go about it, but we knew that saving some capital was a logical place to start.   

The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

For 5 years we diligently saved our 10%; in hindsight we should of set aside more but finally in 2013 we had saved what we thought was a decent amount of cash but really had no idea what type of figure was required to buy a premises.  

We researched the potential costs to purchase an existing cafe or restaurant and contacted business brokers to see if there were any listings for sale in the local area. We soon became aware of a business for sale in Cheltenham, Victoria - just down the road from where I grew up.

Whilst we could see it had potential, in its current state it was going to need a lot of work. The benefit of this though was that we were able to negotiate the sale of the business in December 2013 for next to nothing. A short few months later after a number of cosmetic renovations our first business The Garden of Good & Evil was born. By April 2014 we were up and running - the transformation from hospitality employee to business owner was now complete.