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Bridge Seafoods is on the market

Out on the Sunshine Coast, the Bridge Seafoods restaurant has always stood out from the pack, it’s always had its own niche.

Owner Des Stewart saw to that creating the only venue on the Sunshine Coast that has a BYO licence.

Stewart is very much regarded around the traps as a man if the people, in addition to being a hospitality king and an entertainer.

But all of that is now sadly coming to an end.

He is now 70 and his head chef is 71. And time is moving on. So he has decided to pull the pin and put the venue he calls his “old girl” on the market.

The Mooloolaba seafood restaurant and riverside hide away is a rare piece of real estate, renowned for being the spot where the Coast’s wheeler-dealers would pop in to do deals away from prying eyes.

The iconic venue will be auctioned off next month in November.

The location and setting is key.

It is a dream riverfront location with deep water access.

Added to that is its seafood licence which means it comes with a smorgasbord of options.

And it offers a range of opportunities for anyone buying it.

Taking up a space of 690 square metres, the investor will get a 220-seater restaurant and takeaway business with a three bedroom house above it. Then there is the 30 metre commercial pontoon and licence and the 420 square metre riverfront with a 20 year exclusive lease.

And all of this is located in a thriving tourist town.

Stewart would love to see the business continue but he is well aware that the site offers a multi-faceted potential for any buyer.

"We have done alright, survived better than most,” Mr Stewart told the Sunshine Coast Daily.

"It is an industry I've really enjoyed over the years but it is the right time.

"I'd prefer it was continued but it will be interesting to see. It has a lot of potential here.”

by Leon Gettler, October 12th 2017