A COFFEE and wine bar could be opened in the Nautilus Arts Centre, adding to the revitalisation of the centre.
A coffee and wine bar could be opened in the Nautilus Arts Centre, adding to the revitalisation of the centre.
Former local Jemma Schilling, who is returning home to Port Lincoln, and Elouise Dukalskis have approached the Port Lincoln City Council with their idea for a licenced coffee and wine bar offering coffee, light meals and a communal space for pre and post-dinner drinks.
The venue would not just be open for shows at the theatre and they believe it would have a positive impact on the centre.
It is proposed to be located in the the current box office area, small store room and kitchenette, and the office of the civic hall officer, which would be leased from the council at commercial rates.
The council voted this week to support in principle leasing an area of the centre for the business, which still has to go through the development application process and a lease is yet to be negotiated.
The proposal also has the support of the Nautilus Arts Centre Community Reference Group.
The council’s community development manager, Janet Grocke, said the reference group had discussed the proposal and was keen to have it investigated.
She said there would be issues to do with the gallery shop and office space for council staff but they would be considered further in the assessment of this proposal.
The council’s deputy chief executive Katrina Allen said a longer term possibility could be to use the courtyard between the Nautilus Arts Centre and the Civic Centre and possibly have seating in the Rotary Gallery and alfresco dining out the front of the centre.
However she said the whole concept was still subject to development approval.
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