Two brothers dreamed of opening their own restaurant, inspired by their cousin who was already pioneering the Brisbane dining scene. One day, these three young men went fishing in Moreton Bay & encountered a grand old building perched on the shore that time had forgotten. They were immediately struck by her potential to be an iconic dining destination.
George Diako strode into the Brisbane dining scene as a teen, starting the popular Coffee Boutiques in Carindale, before opening two Park Road cafes at a time when European style alfresco dining was still new to Brisbane. His younger cousins, twins Tim and Chris, soon joined him at Park Road & the three went on to have many successful years.
When the twins went on to pursue their studies, George sold the Park Road cafes & opened a new chain of coffee boutiques. At the ripe old age of 30, George retired.
George stayed in contact with his cousins, catching up for fishing trips in Moreton bay. It was on these trips, they noticed the Lighthouse & were continually amazed by the beauty of the location.
In 2006, fate stepped in & the Lighthouse came up for sale. George jumped out of retirement to join his twin cousins as the proud new owners of ‘this grand old lady of the Shire.’
Plans for a simple refurbishment quickly turned into a grand scale $1.5m renovation. The boys got to work, their own hands bringing their vision to life. Ten weeks later, the Lighthouse doors reopened, welcoming an excited public.
Since then, George, Tim and Chris have worked tirelessly to continually improve the Lighthouse in every way. Destiny, determination, good luck & a lot of hard work have seen this family dream realised through the rejuvenation of a local icon & the envisioning of a distinct waterfront dining experience.
The Lighthouse today stands as a testament to the rich history of the Cleveland Point area.