THE Glasshouse is set to include a cafe more than three years after the centre opened its doors.
The acceptance of a tender from Sydney-based company Qsine Group paves the way for a cafe, restaurant, bar and potentially outdoor dining at the Clarence Street arts, conference and entertainment centre.
Hungry patrons have had no option but to look elsewhere for dining experiences unless they attended catered functions.
The tender process for food and beverage services had been conducted since March.
Mayor Peter Besseling said the location, patronage and facilities at the Glasshouse were all factors which lent themselves to operating a food and beverage business from the centre.
A cafe has long been planned at the Glasshouse which attracts residents and tourists.
“It’s important that not only do people see it as a public space but we leverage the financial and commercial opportunities from that as well,” Cr Besseling said. “Something I think all the councillors want to see occur is that the Glasshouse is more financially viable and this is a small step in that direction.”
Port Macquarie-Hastings councillors and relevant staff met with Qsine Group’s Greg King before accepting the tender.
“Ultimately we want it to be a success,” Cr Besseling said.
The council will start lease negotiations with Qsine Group with a view to the business opening as soon as practical.
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