Melinda, Tommy and Dean Meakins are excited about their move to Rainbow
“There are a lot of people excited that we are here,” says Melinda Meakins, who with husband Dean are the new owners of the Waterview Bistro Rainbow Beach.
Joining them is local chef, Benn Conway -Jones. You’ll see Dean in the kitchen too, whilst Melinda will work front of house.
The arrangement is not new, it was how they operated in their previous restaurant at Woody Point in Redcliffe.
“We just opened when I fell pregnant, Tommy has grown up in the industry.” Their son Tommy is now almost four and Melinda says he is “hands on” and loves to help.
Both Dean and Melinda were raised in the Pine Rivers area, and were regular visitors to Rainbow Beach, “We’ve been travelling here together since we were 17. We had a homey feeling every time we stayed. We wanted the restaurant two years ago – to find it still available was a dream.”
“We moved here in April and love the beach, it’s just beautiful, a paradise! Tommy loves it.”
They have spent the last few months exploring, treating it as a holiday whilst sorting all the licences and transfers, before the restaurant opened last month.
Nestled on the top of Cooloola Drive (near the Carlo Sandblow), they offer modern Australian cuisine, with their own flair. Dean says they are known for “high quality food and high quality service”.
“Not fine dining, but with a casual atmosphere and great selection of wines and beers – (wines you won’t find locally).” Light and open, the windows expose a vista of the Pacific Ocean out to Fraser Island.
The Meakins are looking forward to meeting people, “Come up, relax, have a good time and make sure you introduce yourselves!”
The Waterview Bistro has always been worth coming to, give Melinda a call on 5486 8344 and you can once again enjoy a relaxed meal with the stunning Waterview Bistro views.