Quay food sites up for grabs
Family zone: An artist impression of Elizabeth Quay’s Station Park. Image: WA Government

Three new restaurants, including a rooftop bar, alfresco dining and a deck to take advantage of Swan River views, are planned for Elizabeth Quay.

Details of the new food and drink outlets will be unveiled today with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority expected to call for expressions of interest for the three sites from July 2.

New artist's impressions of what the quay could look like have also been released.

Station Park in the north-east corner of the development has been earmarked for a "family-friendly experience" overlooking a planned water playground and is likely to include alfresco dining at ground level and an upper floor and roof deck with river views.

Eastern Promenade adjacent to the planned Ritz-Carlton hotel is expected to house a more upmarket rooftop and waterfront bar and restaurant.

The heritage-listed Florence Hummerston building will be relocated from The Esplanade to the new inlet island and is likely to be billed as a tourist and family-friendly destination.

The island will include a playground and jetty where the replica Duyfken will be moored.

Planning Minister John Day said the call for expressions of interest was another milestone for the quay, billed as Perth's answer to Melbourne's Federation Square or Sydney's Darling Harbour.

"The whole purpose of this project is to get a very active precinct that is interesting and enjoyable for people," Mr Day said.

"The project itself is well advanced and we are now at the point of calling for expressions of interest from potential food and beverage operators, in advance of the public part of the project being completed around November next year. So we would expect these venues to be open around that time.

"It's another indication the project is under way and we've reached another milestone."

Construction of the quay's inlet walls has started and the inlet is likely to be filled with water by this time next year.

The public space around the inlet is scheduled to be available for use in the second half of next year, to be followed by private sector developments.

The State Government expects the quay to attract about four million visitors a year, more than half of the six million who visit Kings Park annually.

The West Australian

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