The Star takes dining sky high with new $20 million rooftop restaurant and bar

THE Star Gold Coast continues to take dining and entertainment to world-class heights after unveiling plans to build a $20 million restaurant and bar on top of its new six-star hotel, The Darling.

The Star has joined forces with acclaimed Gold Coast restaurateur Simon Gloftis and entertainment guru Billy Cross, who will co-manage the venue, to bring the concept to life.

The new sky-high restaurant will feature a 110-seat dining area which will open out to a stunning infinity rooftop pool that extends over the edge of the 19-floor building and overlooks the Gold Coast skyline.


The opulent bar will have enough space to cater for 300-500 guests and will feature a superior beverage and cocktail range as well as private booths and a VIP bar.

The venue is tipped to welcomes its first guests in March, just weeks before the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The new $20 million restaurant and bar will open out a stunning infinity rooftop pool | Photo: Supplied/The Star Gold Coast

Concept Image of the rooftop at The Darling | Photo: Supplied/The Star Gold Coast

The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director Queensland Geoff Hogg says as the final element of the current redevelopment, the rooftop destination signifies a defining moment in the property becoming an established world-class tourism destination.

“Having already unveiled eight new food and beverage venues as part of the redevelopment, including award-winning Kiyomi, Cucina Vivo and Garden Kitchen & Bar, the new restaurant and bar will further elevate our offering and cement our reputation as a leader on the dining scene,” Mr Hogg said.

“A formidable power duo in Billy Cross and Simon Gloftis, combined with our world-class rooftop location and stunning Broadbeach skyline views, the restaurant and bar promises to be Queensland’s premier dining destination.

“We cannot wait to reveal the name and further design and menu details of what will be a hero feature of The Star Gold Coast. We are committed to delivering a whole new dining experience for our property and for the city.”

Billy Cross, The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director QLD Geoff Hogg & Simon Gloftis overlooking The Star’s new rooftop restaurant & bar | Source: Supplied

From humble kitchenhand to well respected and highly sought-after icon of the foodie scene, Simon Gloftis has an undeniable passion for food which is evident in his illustrious portfolio of restaurant successes on the Gold Coast.

From his early years as café owner of local venues such as Three Beans and Little Beans to now the owner of popular Greek restaurant Hellenika and former owner of The Fish House, Gloftis has been a pre-eminent force in evolving the Gold Coast dining scene.

“My passion for food and my passion for my hometown is undying and I remain committed to continually revolutionising how we deliver exceptional, high-end food experiences to ensure the Gold Coast is transformed into a dining mecca,” Mr Gloftis said.

“I wake up in the morning thinking about food and I do not stop until my head hits the pillow at the end of the day so you can imagine how incredibly excited I am to finally lift the lid on my latest joint venture with one of our city’s great icons.”

The new six-star hotel will rise 19-floors above Broadbeach | Photo: Supplied/The Star Gold Coast

Billy Cross, CEO of Queensland’s largest outdoor event and festival company, Cross Promotions International, has been building his entertainment empire over three decades spanning two continents.

From pioneering the return of sophistication, celebrity and glamour to the South-East Queensland nightclub scene, Cross now specialises in developing major events including the likes of Brisbane Riverstage, The Falls Festival Byron Bay, Schoolies and V8 Supercars 600 Sounds.

Devoted to shining the spotlight on our city and luring high-end entertainment, festivals and events to the southern end of the state, Cross brings with him to The Star Gold Coast impressive local and global knowledge and expertise.

“The Gold Coast is currently entering a new era and with the announcement that we are launching one of the most exciting new entertainment venues in Australia, the buzz surrounding our city continues to escalate,” Mr Cross said.

“Partnering with The Star Gold Coast for such a cutting edge and unique venue is a project I am incredibly proud to be part of and I cannot wait to show the world what our coastal city has to offer.”

Concept Image of the entrance to The Darling at The Star Gold Coast | Photo: Supplied/The Star Gold Coast