Pines taken away from Emerald
AN EMERALD institution closed its doors last week to make way for bigger business.
The Pines Takeaway has served locals for generations, but will be made over in bright orange and red when Golden Fried Chicken takes over the site.
The Pines owner and manager Brittany Rebetzke ran the business for one month before the 20-year-old underwent nine months of rehabilitation following a car crash in May last year.
She returned recently to discover she could no longer lease the site and has spent the past few weeks stripping the shop and selling off stock.
"We just have to move out, that's it," she said.
"I found out through Facebook really, word got around town real quick.
"I can move The Pines somewhere else, but not really sure yet.
"Not too sure of anything really."
Miss Rebetzke said when she received the official notice to vacate she was hurt, but is trying to stay positive.
"The staff have already said that they aren't working here anymore," she said.
"Everyone's hard work has all gone downhill, but that's all right.
"I'll go onto something bigger and better now."
A Golden Fried Chicken spokesman said the completion date for the new cafe was uncertain, but would be opened by a couple who have moved up from the Sunshine Coast.
"They started off with a mobile food van and they decided they wanted to get a store going because it was going really well," he said.