Imperial Hotel joins Comiskey stable

Published 9:00am 6 October 2023

Imperial Hotel joins Comiskey stable
Words by Nick Crockford

The Comiskey Group, based in the City of Moreton Bay, has bought another major venue to join its growing portfolio.

The Imperial Hotel at Eumundi will join the Sandstone Point Hotel, Eatons Hill Hotel, Samford Hotel and The Doonan, later this month.

Established in 1911, The Imperial Hotel is a Sunshine Coast landmark, across from Australia’s largest open-air markets, the Eumundi Markets.

The sale of the 112-year-old property includes an on-site distillery, bottle shop drive-thru, the on-site Eumundi Brewery and 15-room accommodation, HOLA. 

On a 5581sqm corner block, the double storey hotel and has classic Queenslander architecture with a modern touch.

The Comiskey Group plans to keep The Imperial Hotel’s façade but give the interior a major renovation adding two restaurants, a gaming room and TAB.

“The Imperial Hotel has great street appeal," Director Rob Comiskey said.

"We want to keep the iconic Queenslander look that it is famous for and bring back the traditional style, acknowledging the hotel’s history.

“We are excited to take ownership of the venue and plan to add new furniture, lighting and landscaping to really reinvigorate the existing spaces.

“We also look forward to bringing in a new menu and offering that we hope the community will love.”

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The Imperial Hotel will be The Comiskey Group’s second on the coast joining The Doonan, which it opened with Josh Jones and Neville Allen in March.

The Comiskey Group also bought 150-hectares of land in Coochin in 2022, and applied to use the property as a large festival and event site.

“My family have always loved the Sunshine Coast!” Comiskey Group Director David Comiskey said. “The Imperial Hotel is my local and I have always loved it.

"Eumundi is a must-see tourism destination and we are proud to be able to be a part of its future in more ways than one.”

Rob Comiskey is looking forward to working with Lion who operate Eumundi Brewery out of the on-site brewery.

“We can’t wait to begin this unique partnership with Lion, combining our differing industry expertise to build our businesses and support the growth of the brand on a national scale,” he added.

Lion’s Queensland Field Sales Director Patrick Donohue said the company was “pleased to be part of this exciting next chapter for the Imperial Hotel.”

The Imperial Hotel’s live band room will be used, with plans for more, showcasing local musicians and talent from the world stage.

Contemporary styling of the HOLA rooms will remain but add new facilities added, including a heated pool.

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