CAFE OPTIONS: Kris Beavis shows off the view from the new Ballina Surf club.
CAFE OPTIONS: Kris Beavis shows off the view from the new Ballina Surf club. Doug Eaton

Fierce competition expected for right to run surf club cafe

COMPETITION is expected to be fierce for the rights to operate the cafe at the new Ballina surf club.

With arguably the best views in the Ballina Shire, the cafe will be on the first floor of the new $5.8 million building and looks out over Lighthouse Beach.

Expressions of interest to run the cafe and the ground floor kiosk are now open.

Ballina Shire Council's commercial services manager, Paul Tsikleas, said the kiosk was not available for operation as a stand-alone business.

"If the preferred operator of the cafe does not want to run the kiosk as well, then the kiosk will be operated by the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club," he said.

"But ideally we are hoping someone will lease both the cafe and the kiosk.

"If that happens the rent from the kiosk will go to the surf club."

Mr Tsikleas said there had already been a lot of interest in the operation of the cafe.

"I've probably had about a dozen people contact me over the past months," he said.

"We're looking for someone who has really good ideas and someone who understands the market and what the surf club expects.

"I am thinking it will be someone who can look at the market and see that there are breakfast and lunch opportunities, and maybe a Friday and Saturday night dinner crowd during the winter with possible extra nights during the summer.

"An occasion-style restaurant, I think, will miss the market.

"This needs to have something for everyone.

"You want to be able to drop in for a coffee or a hamburger."

Expressions of interest for the operation of the cafe and kiosk close on August 2.

For the EOI documents, visit ballina.nsw.gov.au or contact Mr Tsikleas by phone on 6686 1200 or email pault@ballina.nsw.gov.au.

It is hoped the preferred operator will be presented to the council at the August meeting for a final decision, so the operator can start work on the fit-out.

The cafe and kiosk could be open as early as December.


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