If you’ve ever lingered away a few hours at Sydney’s Manly Wharf Hotel, cheersing Friday post-work drinkies or a sunny Sunday session, you’ll attest it’s one of the coolest, casual seaside hangouts anywhere in the country.
But what’s that got to do with our beloved Burleigh, you ask? Did you know, when the Coast’s most exclusive commercial waterfront development—Burleigh Beach Pavilion on Goodwin Terrace—was sold late 2015, it was purchased by the same people behind the Manly Wharf Hotel, Mrs Sippys in Double Bay and the fabulous Seminyak beach club of the same name, plus a handful of other boutique hotel properties south of the border? True story. We seemed to miss the memo, too.
Well, folks, this is where things get really interesting. Earlier this month it was announced that Oskars, Burleigh’s long running fine dining institution, would not be renewing its lease come March 2018. We agree, it’s a seriously sad farewell and the end of an era for a venue that’s been an integral part of Burleigh for 20-something years.
But as they say, progress is progress.
In the same breath, the complex’s new owners declared plans for one of the most noteworthy hospitality developments to hit the area in recent times, and we can hardly contain our excitement for what’s headed our way in the latter half of 2018.
Sydney-based owners Ben May and Robert Magid are injecting a cool $6 million into Burleigh’s most iconic building. Starting with cosmetic improvements to the facade (don’t worry, we don’t expect Rick Shores or Nook are going anywhere) plus, a complete overhaul and expansion of the entire upstairs level. Re-launching as The Burleigh Pavilion in spring 2018, we anticipate this new hip and happening yet totally casual and welcoming bistro slash bar slash beach club will be affordable and accessible to everyone.
Taking full advantage of the rare, absolute beachfront location, we predict expansive sunny patios for soaking up those salty sea breezes, multiple bars, event space, an effortlessly stylish bistro with a coastal-inspired menu, smooth beats, beautiful people and good times on the reg.
These guys have absolutely nailed the vibe and operations at their other venues, so you know they’ll bring the best of everything to this project, while tailoring it to the young and vibrant Gold Coast market. Trust us, this is going to be HUGE! We’ll be back to share more juicy details as they come to hand, but we’re confident Burleigh Hill will have some serious competition for your attention come spring 2018.
What: The Burleigh Pavilion—new beachfront bistro and bar
Where: Upstairs, 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
When: Anticipated opening spring 2018
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Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List