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Merivale will launch its exciting new beachside venue, Coogee Pavilion, next month when doors officially open to the refurbished ground floor on Tuesday 22 July. Overlooking one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, Coogee Pavilion will be a vibrant lifestyle destination in the heart of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. 


Coogee Pavilion’s ground floor will offer a fantastic variety of lifestyle and casual dining experiences in a fun, beachside setting. A place that the Coogee community can call their own, the ground floor will cater to a broad range of tastes and budgets and be the ideal location for family get-togethers, weekend breakfasts, coffee dates, light snacks and catching up with friends.


Led by a dynamic team of Merivale chefs, the ground floor will offer an extensive seasonal menu showcasing Australia’s beautiful and bountiful produce. Local seafood will be aplenty, gently cooked or served naturally from the dedicated raw bar and oyster counter. Succulent grilled meats will be offered alongside amazing salads and sides. Quality snacks including Dan Hong’s famous cheeseburger are perfect for those after a quick bite. A dedicated kids menu will also be available.


The Coogee Pavilion breakfast menu will be equally diverse. It has been designed in collaboration with Danielle Alvarez, a hotly tipped talent who recently joined Merivale after four years in San Francisco’s esteemed restaurant, Chez Panisse. The ground floor will also be home to ‘Vinnie’s Pizzeria’, serving authentic wood-fired creations by Merivale’s own pizza maestro, Vincenzo Biondini, alongside a ‘Love Juice’ stand, fresh flower stall, Will & Co coffee cart and cocktail bar. Guests will be able to take a piece of Coogee Pavilion home with them – takeaway can be ordered and products including aprons, napkins and crockery will all available to buy.


There will be a games area offering children (and adults) a space to explore and have fun. A nostalgic collection of childhood games, it will feature a library filled with vintage books about the sea, a giant hand painted scrabble board, old school arcade games, chessboards and three beautifully refurbished 1950s ping pong tables. Guests can play pétanque, watch movies in a small theatrette and even have their hair cut by the in-venue barber.


Bright, relaxed and playful, the interiors are an extension of Coogee’s laidback beach lifestyle. Architecturally, the façade and internal structures have been pared back to expose the raw character and history of the building while also creating a blank canvas for the new offerings within. Many of the styling elements have been inspired by Coogee’s history as a place to watch whales migrate including a 2.5 metre custom-built whale-shaped light. The ground floor will also showcase work by some of Australia’s most talented crafts people from weavers and knitters to woodworkers and metal-makers. 


The remaining levels of Coogee Pavilion will undergo extensive renovation and re-open in stages over the coming months. During this time, the first floor will be offered as a community space that can be used by locals for meetings, performances and exhibitions. Further details will be announced shortly.


Coogee Pavilion ground floor was conceptualised by Merivale CEO, Justin Hemmes, and brought to life by a design team including Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative, Amanda Talbot, Justin and Bettina Hemmes.


Coogee Pavilion – Ground Floor

Opens Tuesday 22 July

Mon – Thurs: 11am-1am

Fri: 11am – 3am, Sat: 7am – 3am, Sun: 7am – 12am

For further information and enquiries, please visit

@coogeepavilion #coogeepavilion


For media enquiries please contact:


Rebecca Gibbs

Publicity Manager

Phone – 02 9240 3000

E: [email protected]



Originally a fashion house, Merivale, owned by the Hemmes family, has been established in Australia for 59 years. The Hemmes family are developing and operating pioneers within the hospitality industry, owning a portfolio of more than 50 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and function spaces in Sydney. Justin Hemmes is the Chief Executive Officer of Merivale. 

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