Grant St at­tract­ing plenty of busi­ness

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

GRANT Street in the Port Dou­glas CBD is boom­ing with new busi­ness.

In the last month three new busi­nesses in­clud­ing Port Dou­glas In­te­ri­ors, Thai Restau­rant and the Port Dou­glas Ar­cade have all moved into the street.

In an at­tempt to fill the gap, long-term Port Dou­glas res­i­dent John Crosland opened the re­gion’s first ar­cade game par­lour last week to give the com­mu­nity a fa­cil­ity for both chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

“I have ex­pe­ri­ence in this type of busi­ness and a lot of peo­ple have sug­gested that I open a games room in Port Dou­glas,” he said.

“It is some­thing for the lo­cals and the tourists.”

The ar­cade game par­lour will be open from 9.30am seven days a week and pro­vides driv­ing games, pin­ball ma­chines and shoot­ing and box­ing games.

“It is just like any nor­mal ar­cade, you just need to put a $1 or $2 coin in the ma­chine and have some fun,” Mr Crosland said.

Lo­cals are also ea­ger to get a taste of the new Thai Restau­rant, a dine-in and take­away out­let of­fer­ing a de­li­cious range of soups, cur­ries, stir fries, sal­ads and noo­dle dishes for a rea­son­able price.

The fam­ily-run busi­ness spe­cialises in cook­ing cur­ries and is the only Thai eatery in Port Dou­glas open dur­ing the day.

Thai Restau­rant man­ager Nikon “Nik” Cherd­chu has more than 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence with cook­ing Thai food and moved to Port Dou­glas to es­cape the busy city life in Syd­ney.

“We chose to open the restau­rant on Grant Street be­cause it was close to town with easy park­ing,” he said.

“Our aim is to look af­ter the lo­cals and pro­vide them with tasty Thai food both dur­ing the day and in the evenings.”

He hopes to es­tab­lish an al­fresco din­ing area in front of the store in the com­ing weeks.

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