Kickon Group has acquired the Anelay on the Strand in Townsville, and the pub will be refurbished and renamed The Beach Hotel.

The Beach Hotel is the second pub for Kickon Group in Townsville, only three doors down from The Watermark.

The beachside pub was immediately closed upon settlement to commence a four-week renovation that will cater to both local residents and Townsville visitors alike.

 “The Beach Hotel is all about creating a space where our guests can unwind and enjoy elevated pub food and great drinks,” says venue manager and part owner Bart Furst.

“Our goal is to provide great service in an atmosphere that celebrates the stunning views over Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay as well as the laidback vibe of Townsville.”

The Beach Hotel’s menu will focus on quality and creativity, featuring innovative pub classics.

“The transformation of this venue is something we’re really excited about,” stated Kickon Group’s culinary director Jake Furst.

“We’ve put a lot of thought into the menu to ensure it offers a bit of everything, utilising local suppliers wherever possible.”

Buying in with the Pub Partner Program

General manager Bart Furst has a long career of operating pubs in NSW border town Albury, including working with Kickon Group director Craig Shearer operating Beer Deluxe before the Beer Deluxe venues were sold to Australian Venue Co. Furst stayed on with Beer Deluxe Albury, running the venue for AVC.

Furst rejoined Kickon Group when it acquired The Watermark in 2022 moving his family up to Townsville, and became a Pub Partner in the venue.

Kickon Group’s Pub Partner Program allows employees who have been an integral part of the group to become part owners and partner in new venue purchases.

Speaking of The Beach Hotel acquisition, Furst said: “We’re excited to introduce The Beach Hotel to the hospitality industry and the community.

“Our vision is to create a space where good food, good vibes and good times come together seamlessly.”

The Beach Hotel is the latest pub acquisition for the Victorian-based pub group, which last year acquired The Dock in Mooloolaba and has since tweaked its offering. The group’s Queensland venues also include The Plough Inn in South Bank, Osbourne Hotel in Fortitude Valley, The Grand View Hotel in Cleveland and The Collective in Palm Beach.

The Beach Hotel is expected to open in early July.

Vanessa Cavasinni

Vanessa Cavasinni is the managing editor of Australian Hotelier and Club Management, trade publications for the pub and club sectors respectively. Vanessa has been at the helm of Australian Hotelier since...

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