What does Sand Hill Road do?
First and foremost, we own pubs. But beyond the pubs, we’ve also tried our hand at film-making (our first film “Kanyini” won several local and international awards and enjoyed a national cinema release, while our second film “Minnie Loves Junior” played at over 70 festivals around the world and won a heap of awards, including the prestigious Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival). Aside from that, we also own and operate our own private investment fund to help see other people’s business dreams become a reality!
Who Owns Sand Hill Road?
Doug, Tom, Matt, Andy and Andrew
How did it start?
Douggie always dreamed of owning a pub – but he made the mistake of telling the rest of us. We loved the idea – so we threw in our jobs, borrowed money from mates and bought our first pub – The Commercial Club Hotel in Fitzroy (which we later sold in 2003). That first venture led us to eleven others along the way (and counting).
And the venues?
We currently own and operate Hotel Esplanade St Kilda, Garden State Hotel, Waterside Hotel, Richmond Club Hotel, Prahran Hotel, Bridge Hotel, Terminus Hotel, The Posty and Holliava. Along the way, we have sold The Commercial Club Hotel (Fitzroy), The Loft (CBD) and the Heritage Hotel (Rockhampton). We’re about to launch a full rebuild of Melbourne’s iconic Waterside Hotel later this year.
How many more pubs to go?
We’ll continue to re-imagine and re-invent rundown pubs until the magic isn’t magic anymore. Hopefully that will never happen!
What is Laugh, Learn, Live, Love Life?
These are the five words that underpin our business. It’s a simple philosophy. It’s how we hire staff, empower staff, develop and cultivate our business. Ultimately, it’s a reminder to keep things in perspective!