Parties building for New Year’s bash
GET in while you can, restaurants throughout Townsville still have vacancies for New Year’s Eve.
However, Townsville restaurant owners believe they will be completely booked out by tomorrow in preparation for Sunday night celebrations.
Watermark executive chef Matt Merrin said they were just about booked out for New Year’s Eve in their restaurant section, but their tavern had no reservations and it was first in, best dressed.
He said there would be two seatings in the restaurant at 5pm to 8pm and a second seating from 8pm until 1am.
Rhino Bar owner Shawn Andersen said his restaurant was more than half booked but he expected a late flood of reservations by the weekend.
He said he expected to seat 90 people on New Year’s Eve.
Yotz are also nearly booked out and will be holding two sittings, at 7pm and 9pm.
Venue manager Scott Shaw said there had been high interest from Townsville for this year’s celebration.
He said he expected a mixed age group on the night, ranging from 18to 70.
Mr Shaw warned the public to book soon because they would be booked out by tonight.
However, not everyone will be open for New Year’s Eve, with The Point restaurant deciding to stay closed.
Owner Angus Davidson said they decided to have a break this New Year’s Eve after having a busy night last year.
However, he said the takeaway shop was still open if people decided on a simple fish and chips meal on The Strand.
‘‘I’ve got three children under the age of seven so it’s a special time to be with my family,’’ Mr Davidson said.
Fireworks will commence on The Strand at 7.30pm followed by a second session around midnight.
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