New beachfront cafe on horizon


Eat scene: A temporary pop-up cafe has opened at the newly built Frankston Yacht Club. Picture: Gary Sissons

FRANKSTON has a new eatery at the foreshore albeit on a temporary basis.

A pop-up cafe managed by the Food Truck Park company opened on Boxing Day and will serve up food and drinks from the ground floor of the newly constructed Frankston Yacht Club until 28 January.

The $10.7 million Yacht Club, mostly funded by ratepayers, opened late last year.

Negotiations between council and a restauranteur over a lease for a cafe and restaurant in the beachfront building collapsed at the last minute before the club premises opened.

At last month’s public council meeting, council CEO Dennis Hovenden said commercial real estate agents Fitzroys have been hired to advertise a longer-term lease for the Frankston Yacht Club.

He was pleased Food Truck Park had stepped into the breach in the interim.

“I think that’s a great outcome … bringing life to that part of the building,” Mr Hovenden said.

Council plans to choose a tenant in March or April and will decide whether to lease both floors to one restaurant operator or split two floors into separate leases depending on market feedback.

Councillors voted in November to ensure the wooden exterior of the building is kept in “pristine condition” since colours may fade when weather-beaten on the foreshore.

First published in the Frankston Times – 9 January 2017

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