Airlie La­goon is a ‘first pri­or­ity’

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AIRLIE Beach is miss­ing it’s “wow factor”.

This is the view of Cool Lala owner Pearls Tsang who re­cently re-opened the pop­u­lar Asian fu­sion restau­rant lo­cated near the Airlie Beach la­goon.

While the la­goon may not “de­fine” Airlie Beach as Airlie Tree House owner Pull Bur­fitt re­cently de­clared, Ms Tsang thinks it comes pretty close.

“Our opin­ion is the la­goon is a land­mark of Airlie Beach, so it’s very im­por­tant and this can bring a lot of peo­ple here ev­ery day,” she said.

“If the la­goon opens we will be in a much bet­ter po­si­tion than now be­cause the day time is so quiet and we are pay­ing the rent for this place be­cause of the la­goon.

“It needs to be the first pri­or­ity to fix, not Bowen or Proser­pine and not the starfish round­about.”

While coun­cil has de­clared the la­goon re­pair works a pri­or­ity it is not ex­pected to re-open un­til late Au­gust.

Af­ter wait­ing two months for in­sur­ance as­sess­ments and work to be com­plete, Mrs Tsang said pos­i­tiv­ity was re­turn­ing.

The restau­rant needed a new ceil­ing due to water dam­age.

“We do have some tourists but we also have our reg­u­lar cus­tomers re­turn­ing which we are glad to see,” she said.

“Peo­ple keep say­ing it is great to see you back which is so good that they keep show­ing their sup­port.”

Ms Tsang said Cool Lala cus­tomers could ex­pect a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence not found at a con­ven­tional restau­rant.

We cook with love and fresh in­gre­di­ents and this is key for our busi­ness — Pearls Tsang

“When you dine at our restau­rant you won’t feel like you are at a restau­rant, you will feel like you are din­ing at a friend’s house,” she said.

“It’s like a mother’s dish, we cook with love and fresh in­gre­di­ents and this is key for our busi­ness.”

Cool Lala has been open for din­ner since re­turn­ing to busi­ness, and is also ex­pected to be open for lunch in 1-2 weeks.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

LO­CAL SUP­PORT: Cathie Wrigley, Michael Wrigley, Pearls Tsang, Reece Lewis, Kristina James and Polly Muller cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of Cool Lala.

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