GLADSTONE Ports Corporation has announced Light Group as the successful tenderer to operate the new waterfront café at East Shores 1B.

Peter Hawkins and Benito Zussino, who already run cafes and bars in both Gladstone and Rockhampton, are to run the café, Auckland House, opening mid-year.

GPC acting CEO Craig Walker said they were delighted to have a local business operate the café.

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“Light Group’s proposal for the venue was innovative and unique, and will bring an exciting, new dining experience to Gladstone,” Mr Walker said.

“We know just how popular Light Group’s restaurants are and we’re thrilled to have a local operator for the café.”

The venue is to provide a setting for events or a catch up with friends for coffee, and also features a microbrewery, waterfront bar and restaurant.

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Light Group’s Peter Hawkins said the group was looking forward to opening the new venue.

“Light Group is excited to be part of the continued enhancement of the beautiful East Shores precinct,” Mr Hawkins said.

“In addition to offering 50 new job opportunities for locals, we’re excited to bring world-class brewing to this iconic waterfront location.”

Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher said he was thrilled to see more waterfront dinning in the region. “We have spectacular views across our harbour and it is fantastic to see a waterfront dining experience as part of the East Shores redevelopment,” Mr Butcher said. 

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