GALLERY | A sneak peek at Port's newest restaurant-bar

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SPORTS MAD: N17 Burger Co owner Simon McLeod is bringing his long-term dream to life in Port Douglas. Image: Victoria Stone-Meadows.
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The latest addition to Port Douglas’ booming restaurant and bar scene is giving a much-loved local business room to grow.

N17 Burger Co is expanding into the shop space that used to be occupied by “Under Wraps” at 22 Macrossan Street.

The new venue will continue to serve the burgers N17 have built a reputation on and will accommodate a full-sized bar along with more live sport than you can poke a stick at.

N17 Burger Co owner Simon McLeod said the bigger and better N17 would have something for everyone to enjoy.

“We basically needed more seating space and a sports bar is something I have always been looking to do,” he said.

“I think the town needs other options to view live sport so when the building next to us became vacant, it was a win-win.”

“It’s not just going to be a sports bar, we are a restaurant and there will be plenty of seating for families who want to sit down and have a feed, it’s going to be a restaurant-bar that has sport playing.”


Mr McLeod said the new bar area would have a funky, modern vibe with plenty of comfy seating for people to sit and enjoy a meal while catching the latest sport competitions from around the world.

“It’s going to be to have a warm feel to it but with lots of air con,” he said.

“We’ll have the option to progress thought the months of the year and I envision at night it’ll have a nightclub/burger restaurant/sports bar kind of feel to it.

“It will incorporate what we have going on now at N17 and there will be a small opening between the current and new spaces and we will re-launch next year with a new menu.”

The sports bar won’t be limited to just AFL, NRL, and cricket; Mr McLeod is dedicated to bringing people in Port Douglas and surrounds access to all kinds of sports viewing.

“We are going to be showing the NFL and NBA live on the big screens with sound, then, depending on what’s big and on the time zones, we’ll have the EPL, AFL, NRL, and heaps more,” he said.

The new venue isn’t expected to be open until the New Year because some necessary changes to the building had to be made.


“We had to get an engineer to do the ceiling support system because I was adamant that the centre beams would be removed so there are no blind spots when looking at the TVs,” Mr Mcleod said.

“That took a while to do but we’ve got 360 degree viewing and you can see every TV from every spot in the shop now.”

The expanded venue will also see new jobs created for locals in the region.

Dylan Jon “DJ Dyls” Rice will be managing the bar and Mr McLeod is looking for new chefs to take over his role in the kitchen.

Mr McLeod said he is looking forward to the new space opening so he can share his vision with the people of Douglas Shire.

“I especially want to thank Charles Wright, the architect, his plans were exactly what was in my head,” he said.

“Also I want to thank Jimmy from Handy Cam and James from Lighthouse Electrical, they have created my dream to a tee, there is nothing in there that doesn’t look like what was in my head, it’s perfect.

“I’m incorporating the burger bar, which has been a great success, and putting that with my dream of the sports bar; burgers, sport and alcohol is a win-win in my opinion.”

Those interested in working in the new venue can drop off a resume to the current N17 shop on Macrossan Street, Port Douglas. 

HAVE A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THE NEW N17 FEATURES:

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