Meet The Team

The Cotton Club is a locally, family owned & operated business by the Davies Family. 

After undergoing a massive refit in 2016, The Cotton Club was re-born as a swanky restaurant and bar embracing the beautiful tastes of Tropical North Queensland and allowing visitors to soak up the atmosphere that Cairns is renowned for.  Our regular visitors will tell you, it’s our people that set us apart!

Meet our team of professionals:

Dominic & Debra Davies – Owners

Dominic & Debra have channelled over 30 years of ownership in restaurants, bars, and dance clubs into The Cotton Club.  Dominic, an avid skier, moved from the Australian Alps to Cairns in 1989 for the summer, fell in love with the tropics and a beautiful woman named Debra. They invested in their first bar and restaurant within a year and have not looked back.

Q & A’s

The best part of our job is: Working with, and developing our great team of young people.  We have always enjoyed fit outs and design, The Cotton Club, was a real challenge, creating a flexible space that serves such a broad range of uses including dinning, functions, cocktails and nightspot.   We didn’t hold back on the fit out, so dress up and enjoy!

What do you do in your spare time? All the kids ski raced when they we younger, now they are adults we just love ripping up the slopes wherever we can find snow.  Closer to home mountain biking and getting out in the ski boat are good fun. Just getting back into tennis and we are avid gardeners.  Anything Outdoors!

Favourite Quote: “Work’n will.  Wish’n won’t” –  On the wall at Barron Valley Gymnastics Club.

If you had to choose one.. Drink, Dance or Dine?  Dance of course, as the dining and a little drink are the perfect prelude.


Michael Hutchings – Executive Chef

This Irishman learned from one of the best Chef’s in Europe, Michael Deane from “Deane’s on Queens”, a famous Michelin Starred restaurant in Belfast. His style of cooking is simple, but creative, taking traditional, gastro-pub style dishes to a new level.

Michael is also a pastry chef and a sweet-tooth at heart, so if you’re dining in The Cotton Club, be sure to leave room for dessert!

Q & A’s

Best part of my job? Is having the freedom to experiment and discover new techniques and different flavours of food! Plus the  craziness off the kitchen and the business that gets you pumped for a busy night service.  

What’s your signature dish? 6 hour slow cooked pork belly, bacon and cabbage roll, char-grilled pork lion black pudding and ham hock fritter with mustard mash & apple puree.

In my spare time I love: To get outdoors and explore local waterfalls and the Great Barrier Reef and then finish the day off with a nice cold beer in the pub!

Leah Bursztynowicz – Sales, Marketing & Events Manager

I joined the team in 2017 after having spent the last 12 years in the North Queensland Tourism Industry specialising in Sales, Marketing and Operations. I’m about as Australian as they get! I originaly moved to the tropics as a young dive instructor from Newcastle, NSW.  The Cotton Club has always been one of my favourite venues in Cairns, so I’m proud to call this place my 2nd home.

Q & A’s

How the hell do you pronounce that surname!? Ber-stin-o-vich 

The best part of my job is: The amazing team that I work with. There’s never a dull moment! 

If you had to choose one.. Drink, dance or dine? Drink! The Hendricks’ iced tea my drink of choice, or wines after work on a Friday afternoon.

What do you do in your spare time?  I love the ocean and I’m a bit of a fishing fanatic! If the weather is good, you’ll find me at the reef wetting a line with my boys. 

Favourite quote: “You don’t need pants to have a good time!”

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