Colourful hotelier Ben May has partnered with his Manly Wharf landlord Robert Magid to buy iconic beachside property The Burleigh Pavilion.

One of Australia’s only absolute beachfront premises, the Burleigh Heads building currently houses the Rick Shores bar-restaurant, Oskar’s Restaurant, and Nook Espresso Bar, and last year underwent a substantial facelift that updated the façade, amenities and entry, and added a lift to improve access.

It is the first inter-state purchase for May, who currently operates the landmark Manly Wharf Hotel, as well as Double Bay’s Mrs Sippy. Magid owns a clutch of properties including Manly Wharf and a number of hospitality businesses in The Rocks and Melbourne.

The Pavilion is performing well and May says while he really “wants to be part” of the booming area, there are no immediate plans to move in.

“Currently, the venue is leased to some great operators, so we’re in no rush to make any changes.

“We’re formulating some plans for down the track but for now, it’s business as usual.

“The Burleigh Pavilion has got to be the best non-surf club site on the Gold Coast. You just can’t beat that location, right on the beach,” said May.

The Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh Heads
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