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our history

The Giannitto family name is synonymous with Gawler hotels and the excellent quality food, great service and clean family environment for which patrons have come to expect over many years.

With the success of the Gawler Arms Hotel being talked about far and wide the Giannitto family purchased the South End Hotel in the year 2000 and after major renovations reopened the ‘Southern Hotel’ in October 2001. This renovation saw a hotel that was unashamedly “a little bit different” to all others in the town. The Giannitto family saw a need for a purpose built entertainment facility with full service restaurant to set it apart from the other 10 hotels in the town. 

The 150 year old building was drastically transformed into the town’s ‘entertainment hub’, moving away from the traditional pub scene and providing a more up-market venue, targeting the 25 plus age bracket.  The venue featured 4 bars, restaurant style dining area, large gaming room, Cigar Lounge and Wine Bar.  Live entertainment was also a major draw card.   The hard work was recognized by winning the AHA SA “Best Bistro Dining” in 2003.  

However there was never any doubt that the real success was in the bistro and food aspect of the hotel.  After 6 successful years the Giannitto’s found by talking with their customers, that they preferred the ambience of the Southern Hotel, however, they longed for the all you can eat soup, salad, vegetable and dessert buffet – well known to patrons of the Gawler Arms.

So it was here that the idea of  providing the same extensive menu and pricing with sensational service revolving around the popular all you can eat soup, salad, vegetable and dessert buffet was realised. This has enabled the Giannitto family to focus on ‘Food Made Fresh From Our Family To Yours’ and deliver a consistent quality product with great service in comfortable surroundings where families are made to feel welcome.

Further renovations in 2009 continued with the endeavour to attract families with young children. The hotel’s transformation of the front bar / dining bistro area into a fully indoor and enclosed kids play area included a joining dining bistro area. There was clearly a need for an eating place in the local area that openly welcomed children and families with young ones, to enjoy a delicious and healthy meal whilst knowing that the children could be happy and entertained too.  The popularity of this play area continues to grow and proves to be yet another successful concept by the Giannitto Family.


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