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Coast family’s hotel empire grows with $20m tavern

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Coast family’s hotel empire grows with $20m tavern

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Sunshine Coast family's hotel empire expands with new $20m tavern in fast-growing suburb

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A new tavern is set to open in an emerging hub on the Sunshine Coast next year.

Construction is about to start on the third and final stage of the Bli Bli Village Town Centre, which will include the much-anticipated $20 million Bli Bli Tavern project.

It will be operated by Sunshine Coast-based hotelier Scott Armstrong, in partnership with the owner of the iconic Story Bridge Hotel, Richard Deery.

The Bli Bli Tavern will be the fourth local hospitality venue for the family-owned Sunshine Coast Hotels Group, which also boasts the Baringa Tavern, the Parklands Tavern as well as the Brightwater Tavern and The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast.

Michael and Roz White along with Scott Armstrong at the Bli Bli Tavern site.


Mr Armstrong was pleased to have a start date for the Bli Bli Tavern project.

“The tavern will occupy 2350sqm of space, over three levels of the five-storey building, and will include a drive-through bottle shop on the ground level, as well as a gaming lounge with poker machines, TAB, keno and bar facilities on the middle level.”

“The complex will also include around 156 undercover car parks and eight one-bedroom, short-term accommodation units on the fifth level of the building.

“The top level will be exclusively for the food and beverage offer, including a large sports bar with TAB, bistro, function room, children’s room and deck bar with retractable roof.

Construction is about to start on the Bli Bli Tavern.

“Just like our other hotels, we see this venue as the ideal place for locals and their family and friends to enjoy a high-quality meal at an affordable price while also offering gaming entertainment as well as a large function space which will cater for up to 140 people and will be ideal for meetings, parties, weddings and corporate events.

“The foundation of our business model is based around supporting locals, so we will look forward to employing another 75 full and part-time staff when we bring the tavern to life in mid-2022.


“We love to engage with the local community and support local schools, community groups, charities and sporting clubs so that will be high on our agenda when we open.”

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Developer Michael White said the Bli Bli Tavern would be the third and final piece of the jigsaw for the $40m Bli Bli Village development, which had become an important facility for the growing Bli Bli community and neighbouring towns.

The tavern will be the third and final piece of the $40 million Bli Bli Village development.

“The tavern will complement what already exists in and around Bli Bli and will be a central meeting place for locals as well as those visiting the numerous tenants in the Town Centre,” he said.

“The building will also accommodate a variety of retail, office and commercial space as well as eight one-bedroom, short-term units on the top level of the building,”

The building was designed locally by Sprout Architects and will be built by Evans Built, who anticipate construction will be completed by mid-2022.


Stage 3 of the Bli Bli Village Centre has tenancies available ranging from 80sqm to more than 300sqm. For leasing information, please contact Michael White on 0412 420 212.