Grant St attracting plenty of business
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.