One of Oamaru's best known pub restaurants, Fat Sally's, is
on the market after a decade under the ownership and
operation of Sally-Ann and Grant Donnelly and son Kevin.
The pub restaurant, in lower Thames St next to the Oamaru
Courthouse, is on the market for $395,000. It is reported to
have an annual turnover of more than $1.1 million.
Mrs Donnelly was out of Oamaru yesterday and could not be
The former ANZ Bank building was redeveloped into a
pub-restaurant with four-bedroom accommodation on the first
floor to become, first, Annie Flanagan's Irish Bar, then,
when that closed, the opportunity Mrs Donnelly (43) had
always wanted to have her own hospitality business.
After decades of involvement in the hospitality industry,
after leaving Waitaki Girls' High School, Mrs Donnelly opened
Fat Sally's pub and restaurant in 2004, with her family.
Since then, she has also taken over operation of the Portside
restaurant and bar, overlooking Oamaru Harbour, in 2008, and
the lease of the Criterion Hotel, one of the most prominent
buildings in Oamaru's historic precinct, in 2012.
In 2012, she was awarded a Waitaki Citizens Award for her
work and contribution, often behind the scenes, to a wide
range of groups and charities.