Hopes to restore The Pass Cafe

THE Cape Byron Trust is calling for people who can restore The Pass Cafe to its former glory.

The iconic cafe at Byron Bay was closed this year and the National Parks and Wildlife Service proposed turning the eatery into an accommodation facility.

After strong local rejection and disapproval, the trust is now advertising for expressions of interest in bringing the cafe back to life.

“When it was closed there was an option for it to be retained as a cafe or changed into accommodation, but there was a lot of support to retain it as it was,” NPWS ranger Nathan Oliver said.

“People saw it (accommodation proposal) as catering for a certain demographic whereas the cafe caters for everyone and that is why we want to keep it.

“The tenants that were in there previously had been there since it opened. They were in there for such a long time because they would never have been able to get a lease like that in these times.”Mr Oliver said proposals had already been received from people across the country and the globe.

“We would like professional operators who can present a business plan that is compatible with a national parks area and with The Pass,” Mr Oliver said. “We might also be looking for a theme, like surfing, for the cafe.”

On-site inspections will be conducted on Thursday and Friday at 10am and 2pm.

The EOI process closes on October 22 at 2pm.

For more information contact Nathan Oliver on 6620 9300.



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