Par­ties build­ing for New Year’s bash

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - — ADAM WATKIN

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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