Okay folks, this is one of those sit-down-we’ve-got-some-seriously-insane-news-to-share kinda moments.
Over at Metropolist HQ, we’ve been privy to this juicy news for months, but now all the details have finally landed in our lap and we’re busting with excitement to let the frisky cat out of the bag.
While you’ve been preoccupied watching all the sweet new venues pop up in Palmy: 8th Ave. Terrace, Bstow, Wildernis, and Balboa, there’s been a significant development boiling away behind a temporary corrugated fence at the old post office site. Under the unmistakable peaked roof, a lofty area is being transformed into Palm Beach’s very own indoor-outdoor marketplace for food, socialising, and general good times.
A family-run initiative by Palm Beach couple Jeremy Davidson and Chloe Hubbard, together with Chloe’s father Wayne, The Collective is an innovative concept unlike anything the Gold Coast has seen before. Once the massive development is complete, the founders will run the venue, the staff, communal bars, meal ordering, logistics, entertainment, and events. Thus allowing operators of the five “kitchens” to do what they do best, and that’s pump out delicious food for us to enjoy at a great value price.
While some might make similarities between Miami Marketta, Jeremy, Chloe, and Wayne are drawing inspiration from Sydney heavyweight The Grounds or Byron institution, The Farm, aspiring to create a dining destination that’s a truly interactive and experiential environment, one that’ll coax you to linger and socialise, rather than dine and then dash. Intrigued yet? You should be!
The Collective: done by people acting as a group.
With capacity for up to 300 diners, the sprawling space will be bathed in natural light and have a breezy indoor-outdoorsy vibe, cosy bench seating that catches the last of the afternoon rays, greenery, a pink frangipani tree, umbrellas, festoon and fairy lighting for after dark, and an impressive series of retractable roofs for when the weather is too hot or too wet. There’s also a sweet sound system being installed and flexibility for all manner of live musos to entertain us lucky patrons. The versatility and potential to host events and functions is sounding pretty limitless too.
While we knew something incredibly ground breaking was in the works, we’ve just received detail of the five cool vendors who’ve been enlisted to help bring this exciting project to life.
Burger lovers will be drooling over the news that Easy Street Diner is bringing their American burgers and wings south, under the name of Luckies Diner. Bread + Butter have recently closed their doors in Kirra due to development, but will be setting up a permanent version of their food truck, The Italian Job with delish wood-fired pizzas and tapas. Additional vendors unique to The Collective will be an Asian fusion offering called Umami by Vincent Seng, originally of Mamasan. Adding to the multi-cultural flavour is Calavera, an authentic Mexican cantina, and lastly The Kitchen @ The Collective who’ll be dishing up modern Australian share plates. Two Seasons will also be operating a coffee cart adjacent to the main bar, using their own house-roasted beans. Given The Collective’s wide audience appeal, you won’t need to narrow down your cuisine options on a night out, instead grab your mates and share something from every kitchen.
Sure there’ll be casual grab-your-own meals, but a big difference to the Coast’s other night markets is The Collective will be offering table service. In a dedicated decked-out dining area you’ll pay a nominal $3 per head service charge (think of it like a corkage fee), where you’ll get table settings, still and sparkling water, your order taken from any of the five menus, meals delivered, drinks service to your table, and general max relaxin’. So you can do what you came to do on an arvo or night out: sit and enjoy each other’s company rather than elbowing through crowds, waiting in line-ups, or hustling for a table.
And if this all doesn’t sound ridic enough, they’re in the midst of constructing a freakin’ HUGE rooftop bar for sunset drinks and weekend hangs, the posi boasting unobstructed views west to the hinterland. Snap, you’ll know where to find us!
We reckon this concept is one-of-a-kind for the Coast and if they nail it, as we’re confident they will, it’s shaping up to become an epic new lifestyle destination for the southern end of the GC.
With all these new vendors throwing their faith in Palm Beach, we love that they are not viewing each other as competition, but instead about creating a critical mass that’s seeing the once underdog suburb of Palm Beach shine like it’s never shone before.
The Collective is on track to open early December—silly season, come at us!
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Photo Credit: Claire Plush for Metropolist