Torquay’s iconic beachfront restaurant and café Growlers has closed its doors

Torquay’s iconic beachfront restaurant and café Growlers has closed its doors

An older image of the iconic venue.

Sad news for the Torquay foodie scene.

Sitting pretty right on the waterfront, Growlers has earned a name for itself in Torquay’s competitive foodie scene for the past two decades. Previously owned by Nicky Buckley and Darryn Lyons, the business was sold to Torquay couple Peter and Mandy Hanson back in 2013, who have since been driving the local hot spot.

A convenient stop after a morning walk beside the waves or a day spent lounging on the sand, the famous pub, restaurant and café has announced it has closed its doors.

The key takeaways

  • Torquay frontbeach venue Growlers has closed its doors
  • The local couple who own the business were unable to renew the lease on the building
  • The venue will undergo changes and reopen as a new business

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The restaurant, located at 23 The Esplanade, announced its closure on social media this week, citing the reason behind the closure was not one of choice, but due to being unable to renew their lease with the landlords.

“It is with many mixed emotions that we announce the closure of Growlers,” the post read.

“So many wonderful memories created over the last seven and a half years. Many Weddings, including our own three amazing children and their wonderful partners. Great times with great friends, both old and new.

“Growlers has been a fantastic experience for Mandy and I. But by far, the best thing we take away is the wonderful friendships we have made.”

The post continued, with the couple been transparent about the forced decision to close the restaurant, which will reopen as a new business.

“Just so there is no confusion. We were more than happy to continue owning and running Growlers

“However, our Landlords declined to renew our lease after several years of us seeking further terms. And will reopen as a newly named hospitality venue. Running the business themselves.

“Disappointed we could not have a better ending for a great local business. But our deepest thanks to all who supported us over the years and to our mostly amazing staff, who were the heartbeat of Growlers.”

With a view that money just can’t buy, the venue has been an icon on The Esplanade for a long time, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Previously a Mexican restaurant, the venue has been a go-to for locals and tourists alike over the years thanks to its sprawling menu. You’d find everything from pancakes, eggs benedict and toast, to Tasmanian Pacific oysters, salt-and-pepper squid, flathead as well as burgers, buffalo wings and other typical pub food.

The picket-fenced beer garden was the spot for an afternoon in the sun, while Growlers would often host live music on the weekends, giving local musicians a stage.

A well-loved locally owned and operated business, Growlers will be sorely missed. You can keep up to date via their socials.