The face of Straddie’s dining scene has undergone a mega shakeup in recent months, with visitors returning to the island in for some big surprises.
The face of Straddie’s dining scene has undergone a mega shakeup in recent months, with visitors returning to the island in for some big surprises.

Island’s massive business shakeup

The face of dining on North Stradbroke Island is morphing as multiple restaurants change hands.

More than 5000 people are expected to fill hotels and holiday homes across the island these school holidays and Straddie Chamber of Commerce chairman Col Battersby says they can expect to come across some changes when it comes to food.

Just weeks ago newcomers Straddie Cafe and Bar opened its new cafe and pizza outlet, at the site of the former Chillers at the front of Allure Resort at Point Lookout.

Good Evening All, We are pleased to announce the opening of Straddie Cafe & Bar at Point Lookout. It's located at the...

Posted by Straddie Cafe & Bar on Saturday, 5 September 2020

The change follows several other movements within the island's hospitality industry including the closure of The Whales Way Restaurant, which is understood to have been taken over by a Melbourne-based company.

Flashback: Whales Way at Pandanus Palms in 2001 when it was operated by head chef, Andrew Mirosch second chef, Troy Jarrett. Picture: Giulio/Saggin
Flashback: Whales Way at Pandanus Palms in 2001 when it was operated by head chef, Andrew Mirosch second chef, Troy Jarrett. Picture: Giulio/Saggin

It is understood the company is awaiting the reduction in COVID-19 border restrictions before launching the venture.

It joins the sale of well-loved cafe Seashells in August.

Seashells Cafe, Amity Point. Picture: Campbell Scott
Seashells Cafe, Amity Point. Picture: Campbell Scott

Mr Battersby said the new owners were a sign the market on Straddie is still healthy despite a slump in trade earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There are people out there that want to invest," he said.

Look Cafe Bar at Point Lookout.
Look Cafe Bar at Point Lookout.

Other shuffles include much-loved a Whales Way sous chef taking up residence at Point Lookout Bowls Club and the relocation of Lime Leaf Asian restaurant from the island's RSL club to Straddie Sharks Rugby League Club under the new name Jade Lime.

New opening hours for kitchen starting today!

Posted by Straddie Sharks Rugby League Club on Sunday, 13 September 2020


Meanwhile Mr Battersby said The Look Cafe which recently closed its doors is yet to reopen as a new venture.

Dining facilities at the RSL Club have been taken over by Point Lookout favourites Stan's Chicken and Beer.

Stan's Chicken has been available at the RSL in Dunwich for a week now, come in this evening and grab our delicious Straddie Crispy Burger - best thing on the menu!

Posted by Stan's Chicken & Beer on Wednesday, 9 September 2020


Mr Battersby said his own fish and chip business Fishes at the Point had soldiered on through COVID-19 by providing takeaway only, a winning formula which the restaurant has so far maintained.

"Things are good on Straddie," he said.

Originally published as Straddie Island's massive business shakeup



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