Pavement Whispers: The team behind Cali Beach Club and Surfers Pavilion acquires the GPO Hotel in The Valley

Pavement Whispers: The team behind Cali Beach Club and Surfers Pavilion acquires the GPO Hotel in The Valley

A long-standing Fortitude Valley icon is set to get a new lease on life courtesy of a $7-million makeover from a group of Gold Coast movers and shakers. Artesian Hospitality, the team behind Cali Beach Club, has acquired the building’s lease, setting plans in motion for an expansion into Brisbane’s premiere party district. Here’s what we know …

Anyone that came of age (that is, turned 18) in the mid-to-late noughties probably has fond memories of GPO Hotel. For a time, this venue was one of The Valley’s most popular nightclubs – its heritage facade belying the raucous, high-BPM energy of its interior. It’s been a little quieter on GPO’s corner in recent years, but that’s all set to change as the building has just changed hands, now leased by one of Queensland’s largest hospitality groups, Gold Coast-based Artesian Hospitality. Boasting a collective annual revenue in excess of $50 million, Artesian Hospitality – whose portfolio includes Surfers PavilionWhite Rhino Bar & Eats and Cali Beach Club – is poised to make big moves in the coming years, with the newly minted leasing deal of the General Post Office building at 740 Ann Street (which was built in 1887) just one aspect of the group’s announced growth plan across 2022 and 2023.

“Our vision for the historical 2000-sqm, multi-building site in the thriving Fortitude Valley is to deliver a variety of unique experiential venues that patrons love to visit again and again,” said Artesian Hospitality founder and managing partner, Matthew Keegan, in a statement. “We’re remaining tight-lipped as to what exactly that will entail right now, but it won’t be long before we release that information.” In addition to its entrance into the Fortitude Valley scene, Artesian is making new additions to the site of Cali Beach Club in Surfers Paradise, with a new multi-story venue currently under construction at the precinct.

We’ll have more info on this exciting development in the coming weeks. 

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