By TAHLIA MCPHERSON March 7, 2015
THE first lick of paint began to cover the walls inside the River Deck Cafe in Albury this week, which could be open in as little as two months.
Featuring an internal bar, takeaway windows to the side and a fire place for winter, it is hoped the building at Noreuil Park will be a major tourist attraction for the city.
The cafe attracted $250,000 in state government funding with the aim of having a facility that would be open more frequently and operate during every season.
With more room, it will have the capacity to seat 80 people inside and 40 outside all the while overlooking the Murray River.
Project manager Alex Smit leased the space for three summers before the renovations and said the building would be much more versatile.
“The whole point of the exercise is to build something that would remain open, we have really struggled doing that before and it is something we are really excited we will be able to offer,” he said.
“In this set up now, we can offer a function for people at any time of the year, we don’t have to worry about it raining or getting too hot.
“We want it to be a relaxing place, the park is such a lovely space and every year I spend here I enjoy it even more.
“It’s a really special place for so many people in Albury and I wanted to make sure it was sympathetic to that and that people could come here and relax.”
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Mr Smit said they would operate five days a week to begin, and would aim to extend to seven days going into spring.
Renovations to the building are expected to conclude in four weeks.
Mr Smit is recruiting a new team at riverdeckcafe.com.au.
– River Deck Cafe operator Alex Smit outside the construction zone. Picture: DAVID THORPE