Future looking bright at Denmark Hotel following surprise closure earlier this year

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Tanya Gastev is helping return the Denmark Hotel to its former Glory.
Camera IconTanya Gastev is helping return the Denmark Hotel to its former Glory.

A familiar face has taken the reins at the Denmark Hotel, working to return the historic venue to its former glory after a management dispute led to its closure earlier this year.

Vic and Alice Gastev have owned the Denmark Hotel and River Rooms, opposite the Denmark River on Hollings Street, since 1968.

Running the hotel themselves for some of this time, the pair decided to lease it out to another company more than 10 years ago.

But in March this year, that relationship soured and the hotel was temporarily closed.

Now, Tanya Gastev — Vic and Alice’s youngest child — has returned to the place she used to call home after about 20 years in Perth.

“The energy was dead, it was like a shell and now it’s different,” Ms Gastev said.

“We gave it a bit of a clean-up, a bit of a tidy-up and changed the energy around it as well.”

As a child, Ms Gastev used to sleep in a bedroom upstairs.

These days she’s running the bar.

Working together, Ms Gastev and her team are opening a new chapter at the hotel which has been a mainstay in Denmark for more than 100 years.

“It’s a great challenge. We’re trying to show the locals that the Denmark will be changing in a good way,” she said.

“We’re going to have better music and it’s going to be a bit more of a relaxing environment.

“My goal is a whiskey and wine bar upstairs in the balcony area and then when that’s all done we can celebrate the history of the Denmark Hotel. Locals can expect the Denmark to be better now ... we’ve got a beautiful park across the road with great music, nice wines and it’s just a relaxing environment.”

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