Dinner on the waves: Rotto's $5m floating restaurant
A $5 million floating restaurant is being planned for Rottnest’s Thomson Bay.
It will cater for up to 500 people and include indoor and outdoor settings, function facilities and a floating pontoon to allow private tenders to moor.It will be fully licensed.
The plan, which has been proposed by a group of local hospitality and tourism businesspeople, will be considered by the Rottnest Island Authority board later this month.
Project manager Robert Redmond – one of the men behind the planned Scarborough rooftop cinema – said the restaurant would provide a new high-end experience for Rottnest visitors.
It has been designed to minimise any impact on seagrass and ensure that existing moorings do not need to be removed.
“The vision behind the concept is to provide an environmentally dynamic project that respects and maximises the unique natural assets of Rottnest Island and provide a highly desired tourism and hospitality experience currently not on offer at Rottnest,” Mr Redmond said.
“It incorporates numerous elements of iconic beachside venues around the world including San Sebastian, Portofino, Santorini and the Dalmatian Coast, all while floating out over the waters of Rottnest.”
Three locations in North Thompson Bay are being considered, with the restaurant — which will be 29m by 19m — being linked to an existing public jetty by a floating gangplank.
If approval is given this month, Mr Redmond said he hoped the restaurant would be serving its first meal by October next year, in time for the 2017-18 summer period.