Chameleon Global Cafe closes
REGULARS at Byron Bay’s Chameleon Global Cafe will be sad to learn that bon vivant, chef and host Peter Hoy was recently made an offer he could not refuse and has spent the week packing up the cosy restaurant opposite the Dendy Cinemas.
Peter moved to Byron Bay for a quieter life after successfully running a large restaurant and bar, The River, in Melbourne’s Southbank. But being a restaurateur was in the blood and he saw the potential for Chameleon when the space came up for lease.
It quickly became a popular place to dine before or after the cinema. He also initiated musical afternoons and evenings with sessions from around the world, including live Irish and gypsy music, Chilean choirs and flamenco guitarists and dancers.
The Chameleon attracted a young, artistic crowd and became like an extension of Peter’s home, a salon in the European tradition.
Artworks by his talented daughter Maddie hung on the walls, the lighting was soft and colourful and the food was all home cooked and reasonably priced.
It wasn’t just the location but Peter’s warmth and hospitality that made Chameleon such a success. His family will be pleased to have him back home with them.
The cafe will re-open soon as a Thai restaurant, run by the owners of Thai at Byron in the Feros Arcade.