The founder of iconic Burleigh pizzeria and bar Justin Lane has revealed he has sold the business to dedicate himself to his next culinary vision.
Adam Haralampou, who opened the venue in 2011, had his final day at the establishment last week after selling for an undisclosed amount.
Having been at the forefront of Burleigh’s dining and small bar rejuvenation in recent years, the 36-year-old said the sale would allow him to increasingly focus on his paddock-to-plate passion project he has already launched along the same Gold Coast Highway strip.
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“I also have Harry’s Steak Bistro and Bar about 10 shops from Justin Lane,” Mr Haralampou said of the 150-seat restaurant, which opened 18 months ago and is named after his late grandfather.
“Over the next year, the vision is to grow the majority of our produce and evolve Harry’s into a sustainable paddock-to-plate concept. It’s already headed in that direction but myself and the team will make it our mission.”
“I’ve bought a small farm in the Hinterland where we’re already growing our own salad products and herbs, but we’re planning to expand our vegetable production. We’ve planted a citrus orchard of 100 trees and will be utilising this fruit on both our bar and food menus.
“I’m so excited about what we’re doing,” he said.
Mr Haralampou, who also owns Palm Beach café Mr Bengel, said the success of Justin Lane had exceeded his expectations.
Having opened across 170sq m on one level, it grew to be a 700sq m double-storey venue that employs up to 70 staff and features a pizzeria, pasta bar, rooftop and ground-level bars and function room, as well as takeaway and deliveries.
“I always had a large vision for it, but I’m humbled by what we’ve achieved,” said Mr Haralampou.
“When we opened, it was still the time of the global financial crisis and a lot of people were in that doom-and-gloom mindset.
“Burleigh was also very different, with dining options including Tropicana, Fish Mongers and not much else. There were definitely no trendy spots and the bars extended to the pub and surf club.”
Mr Haralampou said he was looking forward to seeing Justin Lane thrive under its new owner.
“It’s nice for me to know they appreciate Justin Lane for what is,” he said.
“They know everyone loves it and want to keep that momentum going. I wish the new owners the absolute best and I look forward to seeing Justin Lane continue to be an iconic venue on the Gold Coast.
“It’s been such an amazing journey!”
The new Justin Lane owners hail from Melbourne and have a strong passion for hospitality with a string of successful venues.