Robert Burns Hotel to rebrand after selling to ex-footballer

Collingwood’s Gasometer Hotel leasehold also recently sold.

The Robert Burns Hotel will be rebranded Hotel Collingwood after being snapped up by Julien Moussi’s Only Hospitality Group.

The 376 Smith Street leasehold sold with 16 years remaining; the vendor was publican Gerry Nass.

Ex-VFL player Julien Moussi has purchased the Robert Burns Hotel leasehold.

As well as the name change, a renovation of the front bar, dining room, bistro and beer garden is planned.

It is the first pub purchase for the ex-VFL footballer and Inglewood Coffee Roasters founder, who operates several cafes including one in a Mount Waverley building which sold in 2019.

“The sale followed a short, sharp and competitive process, with OHG outbidding several groups to secure the lease at a time when the Melbourne pub sector is starved of decent opportunities,” CBRE Hotels’ Mathew George, who negotiated the Collingwood sale, said.

“A line-up of cashed-up buyers are waiting,” he added (story continues below).

Gasometer Hotel sold too

The Robert Burns deal comes a month after Bombay Rock, Brunswick, operators Kacey Knoodle and Asher Trainor with IT executive James Martelletti purchased the suburb’s Gasometer Hotel leasehold for $350,000.

At 484 Smith St, on the south east corner of Alexandra Parade, that venue was offered by music promoter Shannon Vanderwert and Clint Fisher, who operates Brunswick’s Retreat Hotel.

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