NEW CAFE FOR CITY’S COF­FEE CUL­TURE

Big year sees new changes

The Morning Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE -

ONE of Rocky’s flour­ish­ing bou­tique din­ing ar­eas is con­tin­u­ing to grow with ex­pan­sions set to go ahead for one of the hotspots.

Open­ing on Wil­liam St last year, Lit­tle Olive Cafe has im­pressed cus­tomers with their de­li­cious cui­sine be­com­ing the talk of the town.

Sit­ting nes­tled down from Din­gles, the quaint cafe show­cases a range of lo­cally-made fur­ni­ture and art, bring­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion of fine food and at­mos­phere to­gether.

Af­ter a busy first year in busi­ness at the lo­ca­tion, plans to ac­com­mo­date both down­stairs and up­stairs as po­ten­tial serv­ing spa­ces are un­der way.

In yes­ter­day’s Planning and Reg­u­la­tory Com­mit­tee Meet­ing, Rock­hamp­ton Re­gional coun­cil­lors agreed the new use of space would in­vig­o­rate the area.

The first floor is set to be used as ad­di­tional seat­ing, a small func­tion space and pop-up chef ses­sions with 120sq m of the cur­rent ground floor to be utilised.

The de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion would also take ad­van­tage of the wide foot­path for an op­tional out­door din­ing area.

Cr Ellen Smith said it was great to see more plans in store for the de­vel­op­ing area of Rocky. “It’s great to see this area be­ing used af­ter a cou­ple of shops closed in the area,” she said.

Cr Smith moved the ma­te­rial change of use mo­tion to be dis­cussed in the next or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.

❝ It’s to great see this area be­ing used af­ter a cou­ple of shops closed in the area.

— Cr Ellen Smith

PHOTO: CHLOE LYONS

BRANCH­ING OUT: Natalie Mueller at her cafe, The Lit­tle Olive on Wil­liam St, Rock­hamp­ton.

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