FIRST LOOK: Waterfront restaurant ready for first customers
A NEW waterfront cafe has found a clever way to celebrate its grand opening, while abiding by 10 person dining-in rules.
Flavours Marina owner Janelle Noonan said they were excited to greet their first customers on Thursday, even though it will be very different to how they envisioned.
"We're a little nervous but we're so excited, the staff is ready to go," Ms Noonan said.
Ms Noonan said residents will be able to dine-in and enjoy the opening day festivities.
But if the 10-customer limit is filled, residents won't miss out, with takeaway picnic baskets also being offered.
"They can take the basket down to the lawn or head down to the park and bring the basket back as they finish," Ms Noonan said.
She said some baskets would be filled with salads and sides and cryovaced meat so residents can take it home and "show off" by cooking it on their own barbecue.
Flavours Marina is the latest venture for the experienced caterer and Savour the Flavour owner.
She said the licensed cafe and restaurant would have a focus on fresh produce and would offer vegan and gluten free options.
Gladstone Ports Corporation people, community and sustainability general manager Rowen Winsor said GPC was excited to see a cafe back at the marina.
"This is great for marina users and our visiting boaties … the cafe will really lift the precinct to the next level," she said.
Ms Noonan said from July the venue would also offer live music.
"So you'll be sitting here having a couple of beers with a bucket of prawns and jalapeño poppers … watching the world go by," she said.
The menu will be published tonight on Facebook.
The venue is open Monday to Wednesday from 6am - 4pm and open for dinner Thursday to Saturday until 11pm.
For takeaway or picnic orders, call 0419 226 640.
Note: Picnic orders require 24 hours notice in advance.