EXCLUSIVE: Read on and learn what the state government has in store for food lovers at the $2.6 billion Elizabeth Quay project.
Government documents seen by oneperth.com.au show that two three-level eateries, pop-up vendors possibly on the Swan River, and the rebirth of the state heritage-listed Florence Hummerston kiosk building as a cafe are on the cards.
Before it was shut down and last year dismantled and put into storage to make way for Elizabeth Quay, the Florence Hummerston building housed one of Perth’s finest Chinese restaurants. Before that it had been a tearoom in the 1920s, 1940s and 1950s.
Now, the government documents reveal the shunted landmark will return to its roots as a house of hospitality on an artificial island planned for the quay.
Once rebuilt, the kiosk-cum-restaurant-cum pile of bricks will become one of three government-owned food and beverage outlets at Elizabeth Quay (as pictured, above, right).
The government says the building will be a “family-friendly café during the day” and an “exciting occasional function area by night”.
It will have 460sqm of lettable floor space.
The other two permanent eateries will be at Elizabeth Quay’s Station Park and Eastern Promenade, as pictured above.
The three-level Station Park venue will include a bar and 400sqm of lettable floor space. There will be dining space and an al fresco area on all three levels.
The three-level Eastern Promenade eatery will have 575sqm of lettable cafe space, including a roof deck offering views of Elizabeth Quay.
All three venues are slated for completion by Spring 2015, prior to completion of surrounding apartment blocks.
The government hopes the state-owned eateries will provide a bit of life down Elizabeth Quay way.
A pop-up eatery will also be located in the north eastern corner of the Elizabeth Quay inlet.
On top of all that, at least three mobile vendors will be permitted to sell food at Elizabeth Quay. These vendors will have the opportunity to operate from boats in the inlet.
The government has called for a ‘high calibre” food and beverage operator to manage the food outlets, including the management of leasing arrangements with hospitality industry tenants.
Florence Hummerston kiosk building photo: JJ Harrison, Wikimedia Commons