The Gold Coast cultural scene is about to see a new creative hub being born in Surfers Paradise.
An enormous waterfront restaurant at Paradise Island Resort, which was previously owned by Clive Palmer, was last week sold by LJ Hooker Surfers Paradise to local Vicki Kersey who has a unique vision for the premises.
Ms Kersey said the premises will now undergo extensive renovations and upgrades by Lucky 13 Creative Industries Australia over the next three months to be transformed into REaD Café in time for a summer grand opening.
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“REaD stands for Read, Eat and Drink,” said Ms Kersey.
“While this type of establishment is extremely popular in places like Melbourne and New York, REaD will be the Gold Coast’s first licenced café and bookshop.”
Gaining inspiration from her love of literature, a background teaching English as a second language and being surrounded by her best friend and brother-in-law who are authors, Ms Kersey said the bookcases will be filled with books by local authors and surrounded by comfortable lounges, chairs and cushions.
“There will be regular book launches; music; puzzles and colouring-in for young and old; chess; board games; backgammon; and stunning local photographs for sale by my son who is known by Stryker Knight Photography.
“Being situated at Paradise Island Resort, REaD will be family friendly and I envisage it being a place where people want to come and hang out, read, eat and drink,” said Ms Kersey.
“The Gold Coast needs to watch this space.”