Words Paul Makin
Famous for its fields of sugar cane, home to the magnificent Mossman Gorge and Kuku Yalanji people, Mossman is a picturesque little township nestled at the foot of lush mountain ranges. The main street offers an eclectic mix of country stores - look up and you will see lovely examples of Australian architecture, including some classic Aussie pubs. Front Street, as it is known, weaves its way through the heart of the township. The vibe is local and friendly.
While pubs and Mossman go well together, wine bars and Mossman don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Yet thanks to an industrious local entrepreneur, this is becoming a reality.
Meet Paul McMahon. Paul grew up in Park Orchards, 23 km north-east of Melbourne. He was attracted to hotel management from an early age and travelled to Sydney to manage pubs for four years. Ironically, one of the hotels he managed was the Bridgepoint Tavern at Mosman, the other Mossman with one ‘s’. His next stop was the historic Orient Hotel at the Rocks where he was the 23-year-old licensee. Then it was onto the Marlborough Hotel in King Street Newtown. Subsequently he joined CUB (Carlton United Breweries) and worked in several places in Queensland, including Cairns. It was then back to Melbourne with CUB to look after Woolworths and Coles. After 16 years it was time to move on. Paul joined the Independent Distillers organisation which was ultimately purchased by Asahi who ended up buying CUB. It had come full circle.