THE Albury Council has started the search for an operator to run the art gallery cafe and restaurant.
The eatery will be in a prime central spot behind the soon-to-be-redeveloped gallery and overlooking QEII Square.
It will provide indoor and outdoor seating for more than 100 people.
Mayor Kevin Mack yesterday said it was an “unprecedented opportunity” to start a business in an iconic Albury building.
“We are very excited to begin this expression of interest process and anticipate it will generate widespread interest,” Cr Mack said.
The cafe-restaurant is expected to open mid next year when the $10.5 million project is completed.
“I believe what we have to offer is unique with exposure to more than 200,000 people, who already use QEII Square each year, as well as the projected 80,000 visitors to the redeveloped gallery,” Cr Mack said.
The cafe and restaurant will have an outdoor timber terrace overlooking QEII Square. It be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“The art gallery redevelopment is the first stage of an ambitious plan to revitalise QEII Square to create a dynamic and vibrant inner-city cultural, social and civic hub,” Cr Mack said.
“We’re looking for an experienced operator to lease the premises and run the business.
“We will expect a consistently high level of service, quality food and wine and a seasonal menu incorporating locally sourced fresh produce.”
The council will be assisted in the search for a tenant by commercial real estate agent, LJ Colquhoun Dixon.
Expressions of interest open today and close on April 14.
The gallery redevelopment incorporates Burrows House, the former home of the Retro Youth Cafe. The youth cafe is being moved to the back of the Library Museum and eventually will extend on to QEII Square.