Julian Mero

Senior Hospitality Consultant – Brisbane QLD

Brisbane

Growing up in the hospitality industry with my dad owning an Italian restaurant, and my mum owning a ski lodge with a fine dining restaurant, it’s safe to say hospitality is in my DNA!

After I left school I wanted to try something different, so I entered the sporting industry, working at world class companies such as Nike Australia, FILA International and Pacific Dunlop, where I enjoyed and excelled in sales and marketing roles.

I loved my time in the sporting industry, but the itch to be part of the hospitality industry never left me, so when an opportunity came up to invest in and operate a restaurant in Brisbane, I jumped at the chance.

Over almost a decade, I invested in and operated multiple restaurants and a coffee specialty café, I became the National Operations Manager of the group – which eventually established 25 restaurants and 6 coffee specialty cafes trading under The Groove Train and Coffee Hit brands.

In 2015 we sold the business to Minor DKL – the parent company of The Coffee Club. Knowing that the sale was imminent I decided to further educate myself and completed my Masters in Business Administration at The University of Queensland.

In my role at large institutional landlord looking after food and beverage leasing, I have gained extensive knowledge and experience about the site selection process, lease negotiation structures and the details of how the industries best businesses achieve favorable leases.

Having owned, operated, and sold hospitality businesses, together with working for one of the countries premium institutional landlords. my experience is very well rounded. If you need help with the day to day running of your business, growth strategies or with any lease/landlord requirements please do not hesitate to reach out.