Ribs and Rumps coming to Rockhampton's Victoria Parade
VICTORIA Parade is rapidly turning into Rockhampton's eat street.
Two of the three restaurants which will operate underneath Victoria Parade's Empire development have finalised tenancy agreements.
Rockhampton's third Coffee Club will start operating in October when the development is completed, alongside the keenly anticipated Ribs and Rumps restaurant.
The venues will join the already popular Restaurant 98 and The Edge Restaurant and Bar.
A little further along the road, on Quay St, The Criterion, Saigon Saigon and The Heritage are also on offer for foodies.
Developer Andrew Beaumont (pictured) said the Coffee Club and Ribs and Rumps, owned by the same national company, would complement the development.
Leases were finally signed after months of negotiating.
"It's a great thing for the town, and really reinforces that dining precinct between the old bridge down to the Pilbeam Theatre," he said.
"(The Coffee Club) is a great company, their brand very strong, the product is solid and it's very hard to go past such a strong national franchise.
"We're really excited with the offering (from Ribs and Rumps), it's a really good product and well-priced, very much on the higher end of a steak house."
They are currently in negotiations with a third tenant for the remaining restaurant space which Andrew said would be something different for Rockhampton.
They hope to announce the third restaurant in the coming month.
The restaurants will be overlooking the riverbank on Victoria Parade, while hotel facilities like car parking and drop-off zones will be on the East St side.
The Coffee Club general manager, Arif Khan, said the group was excited to be part of the new Empire Rockhampton development.
"The development is on a fantastic riverfront location, the perfect setting for one of our stores - we will be offering a modern, premium cafe and dining experience in a welcoming venue," he said.
A walkway through the arcade to East St will connect the building.
There are 105 apartment hotel rooms to be built in Empire, with another 40 residential apartments.
Andrew said only nine of those remain to be sold, with prices going up to $1.4million.