This week on our podcast, we speak to Gold Coast icons Billy Cross and Simon Glofits. Simon Gloftis & Billy Cross are known for their backgrounds in restaurants, nightlife and events on the Gold Coast. Most recently, they’re the brains behind The Star Gold Coast’s decadent new restaurant and rooftop bar, Nineteen at The Star. Between them, they have decades of experience and have been the driving force behind the Gold Coast food, social and events scene for many years.
Simon is a Gold-Coast based restauranteur behind The Fish House, Hellenika and now, Nineteen at the Star. He saw a gap in the market to bring Greek food to the Gold Coast with Hellenika, opening in 2010 and has since been a hit for the coast. The Fish House at Burleigh was brought to life 2 years later and has seen big names such as The Rock, Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett dine there. His latest venture with Billy Cross has seen them create Nineteen at The Star, which sits 19 floors up of The Star Gold Coast with views of the Gold Coast.
Simon revolutionised the Gold Coast restaurant industry over the past decade, which is a long shot from his days “bucketing up chips” at the markets in Brisbane. A strong passion for food has always been at the forefront of his work, knowing that he was connected to it straight away. He took over a café in Broadbeach with his brother and the rest is history.
Manpower Australia and Thunder From Down Under founder and entertainment and events entrepreneur, Billy Cross, ran the 90s club scene in Surfers Paradise, is the creative mind behind the iconic music festival, Summafieldayze and has now joined forces with Simon Glotfis to bring Nineteen at the Star to life. He’s passionate about the Gold Coast and creating a hub where the youth today don’t have to move to the big cities to get a job, because it’s all right here!
Billy has lived on the Gold Coast for 35 years and moved here when he was 17 and would do odd jobs in the construction game to keep himself busy. After a stint bing a topless waiter at a nightclub in Surfers Paradise, Billy, along with his mates, including Jamie Durie, took on Australia and the United States as Manpower, which is now known as Thunder From Down Under, performing to over 250,000 women each year.
While he’s now behind the scenes rather than on stage, Bily has created a hugely successful events company, while running Thunder From Down Under on a global scale and while turning Nineteen at The Star into a world class venue with Simon.
If you’d like to hear more of Simon & Billy’s career and how they became so successful, make sure you listen to the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre podcast, Two Girls And Nothing To Wear.
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