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KCs from then to now..

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

KC's Steakhouse has been operating for over 4 decades, and is known as an iconic entertainment venue in the local community.

Above: A very KCs Christmas!

The lease for the bar and grill has changed hands several times, as has the trading name, but KC's eventually stuck in 1981 with slight variations, such as KC's Chargrill, KC's Chargrill & Bar, KC's Grill & Bar and currently KC's Bar & Grill.

The initials KC's were taken from Kevin Collins & Christine Bismire of Sydney - Kevin having been a drummer in a band at Sydney's Bourbon & Beefsteak - they moved north for a new lifestyle and created an iconic name and venue with live music.

The site has been owned since 1967 by the Chengody family, tourism pioneers Alex (late), Judy, and 4 children, who developed and ran the Steakhouse from August 1973, before leasing it out, together with holiday units out the back. Other names for the Steakhouse were Airlie Court Steak House, Mike's Place and Cell R Bistro. Then in 1997, the older sons in the Chengody family, Steven and Chris, initially took over the lease agreement to operate the bar and grill, with Chris eventually staying on for 17 years.

In December 2014, the lease was passed down to the youngest son, Peter, and his wife Selena who owner operated the bar & grill as well as the holiday units. The last few years there were again a few change of hands.

Geoff & Ismi Small bought KC’s back in September 2018. Their enthusiasm and drive to success in the business shows with the new and ongoing changes to the menu. The music structure, offering more live music on certain days of the week such as cruise ship days and weekend days, the menu; adding delicious specials and bringing back old favourites, dinosaur ribs and camel burgers to name a few! All for the better. Bringing KC’s back to how the locals remember it all those years ago.

For affordable meals, great live entertainment with huge local and tourings acts, your favourite beers and cocktails, go where the locals go, to KC's Bar & Grill in Airlie Beach. We're the original Airlie steakhouse, renowned for great chargrilled steaks, live music, brilliant ambience - changing throughout the day and night - and friendly experienced staff.

Whether you're after a relaxed meal, or you're keen to listen to some leading local and interstate acts, you can't go past KC's Bar & Grill. Our team are warm and welcoming, offering genuine, helpful service for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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