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New owners for Beachmere Hotel

The Beachmere Hotel officially changed hands last month after being owned by the Comiskey Group for 14 years. The Comiskey Group are well-known for owning some of Australia’s most iconic entertainment venues including Sandstone Point Hotel and Eatons Hill Hotel, as well as the highest selling BIG4 holiday park in Australia, Sandstone Point Holiday Resort.

Before building these large-scale landmark venues, the Comiskey Group built Beachmere Hotel along with its adjacent shopping village and childcare centre in 2009. On April 3, after 14 years of ownership, the Comiskey Group handed over the coastal property to new owners, Venu Hospitality Group. Comiskey Group director Rob Comiskey is sad to see the venue go.

“Going through the process of settlement has brought back so many fond memories at Beachmere Hotel and has reminded me of how far we have come over the years,” he said. “We are sorry to see the venue go, it has been a great asset. Beachmere Hotel was one of our first pubs so it also holds a lot of sentimental value for my family too, but we are excited to see what Venu Hospitality Group do with the hotel. I’d really like to say a huge thank you to all our staff at Beachmere Hotel, your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed. It’s been a pleasure to work with you all.”

The Venu Hospitality Group is a Brisbane-based owner and operator of hospitality venues across southeast and coastal Queensland. The Beachmere Hotel will join a stable of recognised brands including the Beach House Bar and Grill chain, the iconic Madame Wu on the riverfront in Brisbane’s CBD and Chu the Phat at South Brisbane. The group has also acquired the Pine Beach Hotel at Emu Park, just south of Yeppoon in Central Queensland.

“We thank the Comiskey Group for the opportunity to become the new custodians of this vital community asset,” Venu Hospitality Group’s Paul Weightman said. “The Beachmere community is anticipated to grow substantially over the medium term and we are delighted to secure such a modern and family friendly asset to add to our portfolio.”

Venu operations director Nick Rosato said there wouldn’t be any major changes to the Beachmere Hotel over the short term, however locals could look forward to an enhanced events program and a refreshed retail offering, with the rebranding of the drive through bottle shop to Liquor Legends.

With major plans for expansion over the next couple of years, the Comiskey Group have already announced more huge projects to come, including Coochin Fields, a 150-hectare festival site and Aura Hotel, the Sunshine Coast’s largest entertainment venue. Some of the other announced ventures include hotels in Strathpine and Dakabin.

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