The famous entertainment family behind our new gastronomic attraction

One of Australia’s leading families in the entertainment industry is behind a popular new waterfront dining venue.

Mark Edgley, the son of iconic entertainment entrepreneur Michael Edgley, and his wife Tanya are the managers of Prawn Star Mooloolaba, which opened in early May at the Wharf Mooloolaba.

Michael Edgley has conducted some of the world’s most prominent acts, ranging from ballets and circuses to contemporary concerts, sports, exhibitions and films.

Mark and Tanya Edgley manage Prawn Star Mooloolaba.

Mark enjoyed working with his father on signature events.

“I have been involved with dad’s business Edgley International since 1990 and over the years we have held major events and acts in Australia including The Moscow Circus, The Vienna Boys Choir, Bob Marley, Kiss, Evil Knievel, Evita and a range of Cirque du Soleil productions,” he said.

Mark said he and his wife are delighted with their new venture.

“When the Prawn Star concept was presented to my wife Tanya and I, we knew it was a great opportunity,” he said.

“It’s something totally different to what I’ve done in the past, but we love the concept of serving fresh local seafood cooked on board a custom restored Queensland wooden fishing trawler.

“This is the second Prawn Star, after the hugely successful Cairns restaurant and the response since opening just a few months ago has been incredible.

Prawn Star Mooloolaba is the newest restaurant at Wharf Mooloolaba.

“I’m still actively involved with the Moscow Circus which is currently touring Australia, but I can do all of that over the phone these days, which allows me to front Prawn Star, while Tanya masters cooking and operations.

“We’re a great team and we have great staff and we encourage everyone to have fun in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Some of the best prawns around.

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“It really suits me to be part of the Edgley family, renowned for entertaining people across Australia and overseas since the 1960s.

“Dad is one of Australia’s most successful entertainment entrepreneurs and I certainly inherited that gene as I really enjoy meeting and greeting customers and making sure they have a good time.

Mark and Michael Edgeley when they were younger.

“Prawn Star is a great transition for Tanya and me, as we have a young family and are spending more time together on the coast.

“Hopefully as they get older they want to get more involved in the business.”

For more information and/or to make a reservation at Prawn Star Mooloolaba, visit Prawn Star Mooloolaba.

Keith P. Plain