Eat Street hub sold
A SYDNEY restaurateur has bought the central cafe in the new Ballina Eat Street complex for an undisclosed figure.
The riverfront cafe will be the central food and beverage hub for the new Ramada Ballina development, which is being spearheaded by local development company Slipway Properties.
The Ramada Ballina and Eat Street are scheduled to open by the middle of next year.
The sale of the main cafe in the seven-restaurant development was announced yesterday, but the buyer wished to remain anonymous.
Managing director of Slipway Properties Glen Stotter said the cafe would offer 'a relaxed, family-friendly environment for riverfront dining'.
He said the cafe would also provide room service to the 110 rooms in the four-star hotel, as well as catering for in-house functions such as weddings and conferences.
It would feature a la carte dining and full alcohol service, with a quiet cocktail lounge, he said.
"The new international cafe will be a great place for both tourists and locals to enjoy a beautiful meal as they sit back and watch the river go by," he said.
"We anticipate the clientele to be about 50 per cent local and 50 per cent tourists.
"It is our primary goal to make the entire complex somewhere locals can also call their own."
Mr Stotter said the cafe would also feature the latest in technology with a large dropdown TV screen for viewing sports and other programs.
There would also be wireless internet 'hot spots' throughout, so patrons could connect to the net from their laptop computers inside the cafe.
Slipway Properties is a special purpose company owned by 10 local North Coast families spread from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay.