One of Somerset’s favourite destination cafés will be temporarily closing for renovations and revamping after March this year.
The Cormorant Bay Café, which overlooks Wivenhoe Dam, will undergo a $500,000 facelift to bring the building up to the required standard.
Work on the upgrade is set to take place after March this year following the expiry of the current lease. The café is expected to re-open ahead of next summer.
Once completed the café will again be put out to tender for a new lease.
Seqwater communication manager Mike Foster said Seqwater recognised the café was a significant tourism drawcard for the region and was important for the local economy.
“The Cormorant Bay Café has established itself as a unique, must-stop destination in the Somerset Region,” Mr Foster said.
“We thank the current operators for their six and a half years of outstanding service and would certainly encourage them to respond to the tender process.
“Seqwater is committed to supporting and investing in tourism development across South East Queensland, which is why we are keen to make sure this café can safely continue to serve the community into the future.
“We are committed to re-opening the café as soon as the refurbishments are completed.’’
“We would like to thank everyone in the community for their patience and understanding while these exciting refurbishments are carried out.”
The aging café was originally constructed in the mid-1980s with the assistance of Bremer TAFE apprentices.
The upgrade works will include significant structural improvements including replacing rotted timber at the stairs and the verandah area, new plumbing as well as cosmetic renovations.