NightQuarter has finally found a new place to call home, but tragically it’s not on the Gold Coast.
After months of scouting and negotiations, the popular street food collective has failed to lock down a site that meets its requirements.
So instead, founders Ian Van der Woude and Michelle Christoe are headed north for greener pastures.
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Three hours north to be exact, to the Sunshine Coast.
The shipping container urban playground is set to open at Birtinya later this year, adjacent to the Stockland Shopping Centre.
“We are excited to be developing a NightQuarter concept for the Sunshine Coast community. The warm welcome from Stockland and local councillors has been heartwarming,” Michelle Christoe said.
The announcement comes as a bit of a shock, after discussions were had to re-open near the Commonwealth Games athletes village, or near Metricon Stadium.
It’s understood the athletes village fell through because the state government wasn’t willing to rezone the area, while the stadium idea had some nearby competition that wouldn’t have worked.
The owners say they are still open to a Gold Coast site, but for now will move the flagship north.
The Birtinya space has been secured in collaboration with Stockland. The Centre Manager Shane Monro says they can’t wait for the future.
“We’re incredibly excited to work with the Sunshine Coast Council to welcome NightQuarter to the Sunshine Coast, and look forward to the grand relaunch at its new home at Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre.
“We’re committed to curating exciting, memorable experiences for our customers, and the addition of activations like the hugely successful
NightQuarter will help to build a dynamic heart in our community.
“Birtinya will, even more so now, be seen as a great place to live, work and play,” Mr Monro said.