Cav's Steakhouse

Cav's Steakhouse
Cav's Steakhouse
Restaurant-LABRADOR, QLD
Restaurant-Labrador, QLD
Established in 1984, Cav's is owned and operated by Richard Cavill, great-grandson of James Freeman Cavill, an early pioneer of today's Gold Coast. Jim was the original self-made man. In ..
30 Frank Street, Labrador, Qld, 4215.
30 Frank Street, Labrador, Qld, 4215.
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Established in 1984, Cav's is owned and operated by Richard Cavill, great-grandson of James Freeman Cavill, an early pioneer of today's Gold Coast. Jim was the original self-made man. In the 1920s he won fame and fortune when he became one of the first to swim the English Channel. The family tradition began in 1925, when Jim opened a 16-bedroom hotel on land he'd purchased at the corner of Ferry Road (later to become Cavill Avenue) and the Pacific Highway, in a sleepy little backwater then known as Elston. Being close to a fine surfing beach, he called it the Surfers Paradise Hotel. In 1928, when a lifesaving club was formed nearby, it wasn't named the Elston Club, but rather the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club. Jim Cavill was its patron. In 1933, Jim and a group of local activists had the town's name officially changed to Surfers Paradise, a name now internationally recognised as a resort destination. In 1936 disaster struck when the Surfers Paradise Hotel burned to the ground. Undaunted, the then 74-year-old Jim rebuilt, opening a new brick and stucco Surfers Paradise Hotel on 24th September, 1937. Jim passed away in 1952 at age 90 but his hospitality industry background lived on. Richard Cavill's early years gave him a unique insight into how to run a successful family restaurant. As a border at The Southport School, he spent many of his school holidays collecting glasses and doing odd jobs at Queensland's famous Breakfast Creek Hotel in Brisbane. The ‘Brekkie Creek' was owned by his parents and he quickly learned how a couple of icy cold beers in the middle of summer were all the more enjoyable when accompanied by a succulent steak that few other restaurants could match for taste, tenderness or good old fashioned value for money. While his parents expected that he would join the family business when he finished his schooling in 1982, a job at the Gold Coast's Pacific Hotel gave him more freedom to pursue his love of surfing and other compelling attractions. In 1983, after a short stint at the Pacific Hotel, he helped set up and open the Lone Star Tavern at Mermaid Waters. At that time, Mermaid Waters was a very new suburb, but the tavern quickly became a favourite with locals and tourists alike.
Established in 1984, Cav's is owned and operated by Richard Cavill, great-grandson of James Freeman Cavill, an early pioneer of today's Gold Coast.

Jim was the original self-made man. In the 1920s he won fame and fortune when he became one of the first to swim the English Channel.

The family tradition began in 1925, when Jim opened a 16-bedroom hotel on land he'd purchased at the corner of Ferry Road (later to become Cavill Avenue) and the Pacific Highway, in a sleepy little backwater then known as Elston. Being close to a fine surfing beach, he called it the Surfers Paradise Hotel.

In 1928, when a lifesaving club was formed nearby, it wasn't named the Elston Club, but rather the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club. Jim Cavill was its patron.

In 1933, Jim and a group of local activists had the town's name officially changed to Surfers Paradise, a name now internationally recognised as a resort destination.

In 1936 disaster struck when the Surfers Paradise Hotel burned to the ground. Undaunted, the then 74-year-old Jim rebuilt, opening a new brick and stucco Surfers Paradise Hotel on 24th September, 1937.

Jim passed away in 1952 at age 90 but his hospitality industry background lived on.

Richard Cavill's early years gave him a unique insight into how to run a successful family restaurant.

As a border at The Southport School, he spent many of his school holidays collecting glasses and doing odd jobs at Queensland's famous Breakfast Creek Hotel in Brisbane. The ‘Brekkie Creek' was owned by his parents and he quickly learned how a couple of icy cold beers in the middle of summer were all the more enjoyable when accompanied by a succulent steak that few other restaurants could match for taste, tenderness or good old fashioned value for money.

While his parents expected that he would join the family business when he finished his schooling in 1982, a job at the Gold Coast's Pacific Hotel gave him more freedom to pursue his love of surfing and other compelling attractions. In 1983, after a short stint at the Pacific Hotel, he helped set up and open the Lone Star Tavern at Mermaid Waters. At that time, Mermaid Waters was a very new suburb, but the tavern quickly became a favourite with locals and tourists alike.
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