Two Ballina restaurants about to re-open
ONE of Ballina's only waterfront restaurants, across the road from Shaws Bay, has been sold.
The restaurant, formerly called Sandbar before new owners changed it to Stonegrill, has been closed for several months after a fire in the kitchen.
But Peter Carmont from Professionals Ballina said the iconic building was sold at auction to local buyers.
"The new owners are local and they actually own another restaurant in town, so my understanding is that they will be keeping the place as a restaurant," he said.
"The building sold for under $300,000 because it has about $100,000 in fire damage, so that needed to be taken into account.
Meanwhile another iconic waterfront restaurant in Ballina, Pelican 181, is still empty, but possibly not for too much longer.
Ballina Shire Council's general manager, Paul Hickey, said it was expected a tenant would be secured within the next few weeks.
"It is now down to two proposals," he said.
"We are looking to confirm the preferred proposal by the January council meeting."
There has been some discussion of whether the public toilets, located at the rear of the Pelican 181 building, will be closed as part of any new arrangement.
Mr Hickey said the council's preference at this stage was not to close the toilets.
"However we need to make sure we can balance the need for cafe toilets for customers with public toilets," he said.
At the council's recent commercial services committee meeting, councillors authorised Mr Hickey to call an extraordinary meeting if a new lease could be finalised before the ordinary meeting on January 24.