Moving on: James Sneddon and daughter Charlotte. He is selling Das Hund Haus to support his physiotherapist fiancee Pip Cave’s business and develop his online sexual health clinic Stigma Health. Picture: Marina NeilTHE Newcastle owner of a bar being raffled for sale has sold more than five times his goal number of vouchers for the controversial campaign, which will reach its climax on Thursday.
Owner of German-themed bar and restaurant Das Hund Haus at Hamilton, James Sneddon, secured a permit from Liquor and Gaming NSW to hold a trade promotion to sell $25 two-for-one-meal vouchers, which gives buyers five free entries into a lottery to win the business plus $30,000 cash.
He aimed in April to sell 2000 vouchers, but has since reached 11,000 – and counting. Only 700 have been redeemed for meals.
“It’s been a terrific outcome,” Mr Sneddon said.
“It was the ultimate entrepreneur journey –I took a leap of faith because I had a hunch. I was not quite sure how it would go, but I’m pretty relieved. We had people buying vouchers from 20 countries. We also had mums come in and call their kids overseas, saying ‘You’re going to win this –I want you to come home’.”
Mr Sneddon will cease selling vouchers at 5pm Thursday, before hosting a $40 per head function where the new owner will be announced at 8pm. He said two justices of the peace and a Liquor & Gaming NSW representative wouldbe present for the draw, which involves uploading a file of voucher holders’ names to website random苏州模特佳丽招聘, which will select the winner.
The Newcastle Herald reported in April Mr Sneddon had decided to sell the business by raffle after n couple Doug and Sally Beitz raffledtheir island resort. “I was not even thinking about it for my venue, but when I decided to sell I realised the traditional method didn’t have certainty.” Mr Sneddon said he listed the business – which he estimated was valued at between $150,000 and $225,000 –for $200,000 earlier this year, but was unable to reach a deal.
He said it was being raffled with 33months left on the lease, no debts, less than 20 litres of alcohol and an offer to train new staff. The liquor licence will be transferred to the new owner.
Mr Sneddon said as well as national media attention, including a Sunrise appearance that boosted his voucher sales from around 5500 to 11,000 in three weeks, he has also received hurtful criticism.“People need to think outside the box a bit more,” he said. “I had the word ‘scam’ thrown my way every day. That word to me is equivalent to the worst four-letter words out there. It really cut to the bone. Some people are downright abusive. I’m looking after my family and my next venture is about helping people, so I’m not motivated by greed. I’ve been 100 per cent transparent. But there’s been overwhelmingly positive messages too.
“I’m feeling excited, but ready for it to be finished.”
A spokesman for Liquor&GamingNSW said it was “monitoring the promotion including the running of the draw to ensure it complies with the Lotteries and Art Unions Act”.