Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Operators sought for historic Penrith police cottage cafe

Penrith City Council is seeking food and beverage operators for a new café and restaurant at the soon to be refurbished historic Police Cottage on the Nepean River.

The former Emu Plains Police Cottage is being reimagined as a unique dining experience that blends heritage, nature and modern conveniences across 240 sqm of retail space, with outdoor seating and views of the Nepean River.

Penrith Mayor, Karen McKeown said the transformation of the Police Cottage was part Council’s vision to revitalise Penrith and improve its connection to the Nepean River with increased amenity and vibrant spaces for people to eat, meet and relax.

“The revitalised Police Cottage will be the crucial link in the growing dining circuit along the Nepean River, playing an important role in enhancing our greatest natural asset and improving the gateway to the new Regatta Park precinct,” Mayor McKeown said.

“The refurbishment of the 113-year-old Police Cottage will not only attract more visitors to the area, but also celebrate and conserve our history for generations to come.

“We are looking for an experienced food and beverage operator that shares our vision for showcasing local and sustainable produce and materials, to provide a premium casual dining experience and quick service takeaway, helping visitors make the most of their time at the river.”

Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres said the refurbishment of the Police Cottage on Crown land was supported by $1.5 million funding by the NSW Government and a further $1 million contribution by Penrith City Council.

“The Police Cottage will be a highly sought-after venue due to its prime riverfront location on the Great River Walk adjacent to the Yandhai Nepean Crossing which attracts up to 1,300 pedestrian movements on weekdays and 1,700 on weekends,” Mr Ayres added.

Constructed in 1908, the Police Cottage was the purpose-built police station and residence for Emu Plains. Council says the building will be sensitively refurbished with the restoration of the façade, replacement works to the verandas and roof, services upgrades, internal enhancements and an upgrade of the outdoor privy.

An extension of the deck is also proposed to create a 106 sqm outdoor dining area, shaded by a row of mature Jacaranda trees with views of the iconic Yandhai Nepean Crossing and the Nepean River.

Interested food and beverage operators can submit a Request for Tender from 1 June 2021 to 5 July 2021 via this link https://www.tenders.nsw.gov.au/wsroc/?event=public.rft.show&RFTUUID=8B05A53E-A68A-1B0D-AA0BCD942A53F152

The Development Application for the refurbishment of the Police Cottage has been submitted, and construction is set to commence in late 2021.

To find out more about the Police Cottage visit the website penrith.city/policecottage

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