It’s a noteworthy week for Frankston’s CDB and the Nepean Highway in particular – outdoor dining has kick-started revitalisation of the bayside city’s northern gateway.
Frankston Council has begun installation of outdoor dining “parklets” to support 13 restaurants and cafes along the highway as it revises the “Do It Outdoors” outside dining campaign for another Covid-impacted summer season.
The work is being funded by a $335,000 state government grant, part of which comes via Frankston Revitalisation Board, chaired by state MP Paul Edbrooke.
Mr Edbrooke said he was “proud the state government would provide funding for the Nepean Highway outdoor dining project, which has been such a success in other parts of Frankston”.
“When it’s time to safely enjoy everything our cafes and restaurants have to offer, Frankston will be the place to be!”
The new outside venues will accommodate almost 200 people. To improve the boulevard’s safety and amenity, the speed limit through the precinct will be dropped to 40 km/h.
The government will also provide funds for artistic tree lighting along the highway.
Committee for Greater Frankston CEO Ginevra Hosking said the start of work was “fantastic”. She praised the “excellent work done by council and the revitalisation board last summer, which had led to the new funds and enabled the start of revitalisation of the highway”.
“Last year, the Committee for Greater Frankston brought together residents, VicRoads managers, and councillors and council staff to outline a vision for rejuvenating Nepean Highway. All agreed the transformation work would be best started by setting up outdoor dining. We are delighted that just 12 months later we can celebrate this advocacy milestone by welcoming two new restaurants and a cafe to the Nepean Highway strip.”
Ms Hosking said the first of the newbies to open was homemade pasta specialist Non Solo Vino restaurant.
Frankston South Ward councillor Liam Hughes said the parklets and pavement dining areas would be on both sides of the highway near Davey Street and outside Quest apartment hotel. “The council is supplying all outdoor furniture. And, like last year’s successful ‘Do It Outdoors’ program, the council will enliven the area with local musicians and entertainers.”
- The Committee for Greater Frankston co-funded last season’s outdoor dining music and entertainment through the state government’s Grants for Business Chambers and Trader Groups program. Frankston Council and the committee jointly provided $60,000 to support the hospitality sector, attract people back to the city centre and buy local as well as enhance the outdoor dining experience. More details can be found here.
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