Karise Eden Returns to Nundah, Her Former Home, for a Special Performance

Karise Eden, the inaugural winner of “The Voice Australia” in 2012, is set to make a triumphant return to Nundah, her former home, as she gears up for a special performance at the Royal Hotel Nundah.

On Saturday, 28 Oct 2023,  the Royal Hotel will be abuzz with excitement as it unveils its new live music room, and the local community is eagerly awaiting Karise’s performance.

A Special Gig for Karise Eden

This homecoming gig holds immense significance for Karise, who has spent the past year touring the East Coast relentlessly. For the artist, who has seamlessly transitioned from reality show fame to a successful recording and touring career, it is a heartwarming experience to be back where it all began.

Karise’s connection to the Royal Hotel goes beyond her upcoming performance. She has a history with the venue, having once worked behind the bar.

Nowadays, she can be spotted there as a regular patron, often dining with her husband and two adorable children. Her roots in the community run deep, after moving to Brisbane in 2016. No doubt, she’s excited to be part of the pub’s new live music room launch.

A Remarkable Journey in Music

Karise’s career has seen her excel in various music genres, from blues to soul, rock to power pop, and country to Americana. She has been compared to the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse, thanks to her distinctive voice and emotive performances.

Her 2022 indie release, “Into The Black,” features an AIR No. 1 single, and her solo performances are an eclectic blend of original songs and reimagined classics. With a musical journey that continues to evolve, she remains a compelling force in the Australian music scene.

Karise Eden’s Journey from Fame to Self-discovery

While Karise has enjoyed remarkable success in her music career, she has also faced her share of personal challenges. After her success on “The Voice,” the 31-year-old artist, known for her powerful and soulful voice, has achieved multiple ARIA Awards, gold and platinum records, and even secured top positions in the ARIA and AIR charts.

However, there was one aspect of her life where she felt a void – her education. Karise dropped out of school at just 13 and entered foster care. Despite her success as an artist, she struggled with feelings of inadequacy because she lacked a formal education. The industry’s pressures and expectations exacerbated her insecurity, with some people in the business world treating her unfairly due to her perceived lack of education.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Karise found herself without a source of income, prompting her to reevaluate her life’s direction. In her pursuit of personal growth and self-rediscovery, she decided it was time to complete her high school education. The artist took a significant step by enrolling in the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) course at a Queensland TAFE, aiming for graduation in Easter 2024.

Karise’s determination has seen her excel in her studies, proving that it’s never too late to return to education. She is juggling her studies with a bustling career, public speaking, running a business, and raising children. Her story echoes the common experience of many adults who have faced obstacles in their education, highlighting the importance of flexible adult learning opportunities.

Her motivation extends beyond personal growth. She’s eager to set an example for her children and break the cycle of abuse through perseverance and determination.

Published 21-Oct-2023

Historic Royal Hotel in Nundah Receives Major Makeover, Opens New Entertainment Venue

After an extensive $1.1-million renovation, the historic Royal Hotel in Nundah has reopened, revealing a transformation that blends heritage with modernisation and introducing a brand-new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue on the upper floor, aptly named the Royal Quarters.

Originally established in 1888, the Royal Hotel has long been a beloved fixture in the Northside community, catering to generations of beer enthusiasts. The venue has now gone full circle, reclaiming its original name as part of the refurbishment process.

The centrepiece of the revitalisation is the Royal Quarters, a spacious entertainment area on the upper floor with a capacity to host up to 200 patrons. 

The versatile space promises a diverse lineup of entertainment options throughout the week, including live music performances, comedy nights, piano bar sessions, and even bingo on Sundays.

This multi-purpose area aims to provide a platform for local talent while offering residents and visitors an inviting space to unwind and enjoy.

The new Royal Quarters also offers unique booth seating for 40 guests. The booth space is ideal for smaller gatherings, with booths offering some privacy within the larger confines of the iconic Quarters.

Several other function rooms and areas, offering both cocktail-style and seating arrangements, are available for up to 250 guests.

In addition to the Royal Quarters, the hotel’s ground floor has also received a comprehensive makeover. The bistro and terrace area have been revamped to create a family-friendly dining space, accommodating up to 120 diners.

The new menu, which blends classic pub fare with seasonal dishes, boasts a variety of tantalizing options, ranging from Moreton Bay bug rolls and pan-seared barramundi to a delectable baked brie cheesecake.

Royal Hotel
Photo Credit: RoyalHotelNundah/Facebook

The renovation project paid careful attention to preserving the Royal Hotel’s historical façade, which has been a staple of the Nundah streetscape for over a century. Architectural firm Mel Porter Design masterfully merged traditional elements with contemporary design, breathing new life into the beloved establishment.

new bistro
Photo Credit: RoyalHotelNundah/Facebook
new gaming room
Photo Credit: RoyalHotelNundah/Facebook

The Royal Hotel’s refurbishment is part of Australian Venue Co’s larger initiative to rejuvenate iconic establishments across Brisbane and Queensland. Craig Ellison, Chief Operating Officer of Australian Venue Co, emphasized the company’s commitment to honouring the pub’s heritage while creating a modern space that the community can take pride in.

Follow updates of shows and events at Royal Quarters via their Facebook page and for everything else about Royal Hotel, visit their official site to see what’s on at the bistro, bar and gaming areas.

Published 25-Aug-2023

Nundah’s The Royal Undergoes a Million-Dollar Makeover

Nundah’s Royal Hotel is set to receive a million-dollar upgrade, with renovations now underway. The revamp will include the venue’s bistro, terrace, front bar and alfresco area, as well as the introduction of a new first-floor entertainment space.

The Royal, located on Sandgate Road, becomes the latest historic venue to undergo a major revamp with Australian Venue Co overseeing its transformation. Constructed in 1888, the venue has played a key role in the social life of Nundah locals for many years. 

The renovations will offer a refreshed bistro and terrace, a new first-floor entertainment space, and a revitalised front bar and alfresco area. The new first-floor entertainment space is where live bands and comedians will take centre stage, performing in front of up to 200 guests. The space will also be available for private events.

Meanwhile, the bistro and terrace are transforming into a family-friendly dining space that can accommodate up to 120 people, complete with marble-look tables, checkerboard floors, and wooden accents. The front bar and al fresco area are being revitalised too, with space for up to 80 patrons and TV screens showing live sports. 

Whilst the venue will remain open, patrons planning a visit to The Royal should note that the bistro section is temporarily closed and scheduled to reopen in mid-May. The sports bar section follows and will remain closed until mid-June.

The gaming will then undergo a week-long renovation and will also reopen in mid-June. The upstairs entertainment room is the last to receive the upgrades, however, the exact reopening date is yet to be announced. 

The revamped venue will be relaunched as Royal Hotel in mid-July, with an exact date to be announced later. 

Published 2-May-2023