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The Rock-itt : September 2010
After what seemed like a decade of waiting yet was only three years in the making, an exciting new era has dawned on our Northern Beaches with the opening of the new Dee Why Hotel. The old Dee Why Hotel, an historic landmark, was demolished to make way for the multi story "Dee Why Grand" complex which houses 161 apartment units, has 6000sq m of commercial space as well as a shopping centre containing supermarkets and a large variety of specialty shops, including Bayfields' giant Liquor Superstore and of course the brand spanking new Dee Why Hotel. The original Dee Why Hotel was first opened in 1920 and became one of our Northern Beaches most famous landmarks over the years catering to all walks of life here on the Beaches. In 1977, the Bayfield family took over the hotel and have run it ever since. The old Dee Why Hotel became the hub of the entertainment and night life scene on the peninsula with patrons flocking to it to take in and enjoy the variety of things on offer. Over the years many of Australia's top artists have performed at the old Dee Why Hotel, including Midnight Oil, Mental As Anything, Rat Cat, Chantoozies, and the Sunny Boys to name a few. The Bayfield family kept the Dee Why Hotel ahead of the times by re-inventing their entertainment programs and cuisine menus to suit the ever changing generations of Beaches' people coming through. This kept the venue always popular and ahead of its rivals. Kaine, Wayne and Mark Bayfield