New café and restaurant for Council cultural venues

New café and restaurant for Council cultural venues

Fraser Coast residents could soon be enjoying a restaurant meal before a show at the Brolga Theatre or cake and a cuppa at a café after visiting an art exhibition at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.

Cr Phil Truscott said Fraser Coast Regional Council was calling for tenders to run a restaurant and catering service at the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre, and a café and catering service at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.

“The Fraser Coast is blessed with a range of amazing cultural venues, with the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre holding on average 270 events and 58 performances attended by more than 50,000 people a year,” he said.

“While the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery is currently closed, a major $2.7 million refurbishment is well underway ahead of a reopening in April this year.

“The gallery refurbishment will allow the Fraser Coast to host more national and significant art exhibitions, while also providing space for a counter-style café, a small kitchen and seating for up to 30 customers on an outdoor dining deck.”

Cr Truscott said the Brolga Theatre previously had a restaurant and in-house catering service and Council was keen to bring the service back to support the primary operations of the venue.  

“The Brolga’s spectacular riverside views and choice of flexible spaces makes it one of the most desirable venues on the Fraser Coast and as such, hosts many prestigious local, national, and international events and performances,” he said.

“The venue features a restaurant space with separate entry, adjoining a fully equipped commercial kitchen and seating for up to 80 diners.

“Council is looking for innovative proposals for restaurant and catering services that are willing to tailor their business model to support this unique partnership opportunity.

“Tenderers may wish to submit proposals for either or both of these leasing and catering opportunities, with Council offering three year contracts with options for extensions.”

Tenders opened today through QTenders at https://bit.ly/3fHl3EG and close by 17 February 2021.

Article and photos submitted by Fraser Coast Regional Council

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