Hollow Beach Bar submit application for live entertainment

Shannon VerhagenBunbury Herald
The Hollow Beach Bar and Grill owner Ryan Davis has submitted an application to allow more people and live music at the coastal establishment.
Camera IconThe Hollow Beach Bar and Grill owner Ryan Davis has submitted an application to allow more people and live music at the coastal establishment. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

Staff at The Hollow Beach Bar and Grill are eagerly awaiting the result of an application to increase capacity and host live music at the venue, creating the perfect Sunday session location.

If approved by Racing, Gaming and Liquor, the venue’s capacity will increase by 100 and they will be able to host live entertainment for patrons.

Owner Ryan Davis took the reins of the beachside bar three years ago and has worked hard to turn around what he said was the establishment’s “bad reputation,” which led to the current restrictions on the venue.

“I’m not even allowed a clown to come and do magic tricks for the kids — no entertainment whatsoever,” he said.

Not looking to blast the speakers and go all night, Mr Davis simply wants to invite more people to enjoy a sunset beverage with friends.

“We’ve implemented our own restrictions to our request to cater to the neighbours and surrounds,” he said. “We’ve requested never more than a two-piece, never after 8pm and only on weekends.

We don’t want the big bands, we don’t want the loud noise and we don’t want to annoy the neighbours, we want to work harmoniously with them.

Ryan Davis

“People come here for the sunset in the evening ... we’re not the party scene, we’re the place where people come to chill out with a couple of drinks and socialise with their friends.”

It will also give local musos the opportunity to showcase their talent. “I’ve already had dozens of locals say as soon as you get it (approved), give us a call,” Mr Davis said.

Mr Davis said major renovations and his “anti-idiot” policy had led to the venue going from “zero” to one of the highest rated on social media, and had led to a great crowd of regulars the staff also got along with.

You’ve got to behave yourself and have respect, otherwise you don’t come here. Now we only get good people and good people means a good atmosphere.

Ryan Davis

Submitted in December, it is now a waiting game to see what verdict will be handed down.

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