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Riverside Quay to become new culinary hotspot

06 Oct 2016

Riverside Quay to become new culinary hotspot Image

By Rhianna Busler

A part of Riverside Quay will be transformed into a major culinary destination.

Construction work is already underway for developer Mirvac’s latest project of bringing an exciting new dining and retail precinct to Southbank.

Situated between Freshwater Place and Southgate, the new precinct is being brought to life by Mirvac as part of its vision to transform the Riverside Quay area.

Mirvac development director Frank Lonetti said: “Melbourne is known as the food and drink capital of Australia and our aim is to further enhance this reputation by adding yet another ‘must visit’ destination to Melbourne’s already extensive array of culinary hotspots.”

As the project is set to extend the city’s iconic laneways from the heart of the CBD to the south of the river for the first time, the activated spaces hope to incorporate areas for casual dining and recreation.

Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2017 and Mr Lonetti said there would be an official launch of the new space when it was complete.

“There will be minimal disruption to the workers and visitors who currently use the precinct,” Mr Lonetti said.

Mirvac has appointed Six Degrees Architects to the project to realise its vision for a vibrant food and beverage hub that improves pedestrian linkages and celebrates the rich history of the site, through the creation of Riverside Quay laneways.

Mirvac is working in collaboration with City of Melbourne on the new retail development, which is closely associated with the Riverside Quay Place Renewal project.

The Riverside Quay Place Renewal mission is an adaptive reuse of the existing eight-storey car park. The development has added 12 levels of world-class office space that will house companies including PwC and Fender Katsalidis.

Speaking at the ceremony last month, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the development was a truly significant contribution to Melbourne.

Mirvac’s leasing general manager Joe Antonios said: “Riverside Quay offers retailers an exciting opportunity to be part of a new premium dining precinct catering for a dynamic catchment of office workers, residents and tourists looking for a fresh new mix of healthy high quality offers for both weekday solutions and after work venues for dinner and socialising.”

The new precinct will welcome a number of new food and beverage retailers to Southbank. Set amid bustling laneways, it aims to create an authentic Melbourne experience for workers, tourists and residents.

Mr Lonetti said: “The new precinct at Riverside Quay will offer plenty of alfresco dining options in its laneways, bespoke common areas and a public square, inviting patrons to experience the unique local culture and river views of this iconic location, beyond the nine-to-five.”

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