Julien Moussi to open third pub

Julien Moussi bought the ex-Robert Burns Hotel, now Hotel Collingwood, in two parts.

Julien Moussi will reopen Hawthorn’s Beehive Hotel, 15 years after it closed as a pub.

Julien Moussi recently bought a prime South Yarra property (outlined) to occupy.

At 84 Barkers Road, on the south east corner of High Street (Google Street View image, top), the venue will be the executive’s third pub; via his Only Hospitality, he also controls Hotel Collingwood, formerly known as the Robert Burns Hotel, and Williamstown’s Hobsons Bay Hotel.

The deal comes a month since the businessman snared a high profile former first class lounge abutting South Yarra Station, on Toorak Rd, for a bar.

Mr Moussi also owns a portfolio of inner and middle ring cafes and a coffee roasting business, Inglewood.

Beehive to make a comeback

Licensed for 300 patrons, the Beehive, also once known as the Barkers Hotel, will be a joint venture with Tony Pantano, Only’s chief operating officer who, like Mr Moussi, was raised in the area.

A renovation is underway ahead of a July 15 opening, it will include a bar, bistros and beer garden (story continues below).

Developed in 1882 replacing a venue trading by the same name but elsewhere, established in 1854, the property has in recent years accommodated restaurants Serafina and Butchers & Vine.

Publican Rick Munday also owned the leasehold for a few years after 2016.

Mr Moussi and Mr Pantano have called in chef Chris Randell to run the dining rooms.

The 1443 square metre holding, including a car park.

Hawthorn is six kilometres east of Melbourne’s CBD.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.