Birtinya’s newest evening attraction has been given the COVID-safe tick of approval with an announcement on the opening date expected in the coming weeks.
NightQuarter Birtinya will bring a food and entertainment hub to the Sunshine Coast, and co-owner Michelle Christoe says she wants the precinct to become a community of locals supporting locals.
“NightQuarter was born with the idea of bringing community to life,” Ms Christoe says.
“We are looking forward to getting the community out and having fun in a COVID-safe way.”
“We want this to be a place where community comes together to support local.”
Originally opening the venue at Helensvale on the Gold Coast in 2015 before its closure in 2019, and the owner of Malt Shovel Taphouse at Birtinya, Ms Christoe admits this year has been tough.
She says construction recently recommenced on the site next to Stockland Birtinya shopping centre and she is continually monitoring COVID changes.
“We are forging ahead finally; there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Ms Christoe says the venue will include five stages, six bars, 32 food stalls and a selection of retail stores
A recent grant from the state government’s Play Local initiative is also helping them engage local musicians and performers.
“We received $20,000 from Arts Queensland to go to booking local musicians,” Ms Christoe says. “We are big on incubating local talent – 100 per cent of the money from that grant will go to the artists.”
The venue will also strive towards being environmentally friendly with a reuse and recycle theme. “We hope to bring back that old-style thinking of sustainable living,” Ms Christoe says.
NightQuarter’s approved COVID-safe plan will allow 1500 people and includes a strict cleaning regime.