The group behind The Dock at Kingston are the new operators of the East kiosk and jetty at Commonwealth Place on the southern shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
Named ‘The Jetty’, it will showcase Canberra’s local produce and talent in an iconic location, offering a variety of cafe food such as focaccias, baguettes and salads, as well as takeaway grazing boards and picnic hampers for those wanting to sit by the lake.
The Jetty’s first day of trading will be New Year’s Eve, with live music from 4 pm to midnight so guests can watch the fireworks.
While the opening night will run late to ring in the new year, joint owner of The Dock, Glen Collins, said The Jetty would not continue as a late-night venue but would close at around 9:30 pm to 10 pm most nights.
The venue has a 300-seat capacity and a total capacity of 500 to 600 people.
The National Capital Authority awarded the contract to The Dock and a separate three-month licence for activation of the West jetty.
The East jetty space will feature the BentSpoke Beer Garden alongside Peruvian street food truck Mr Papa.
From Thursday to Sunday during summer, guests will be treated to live music and there are plans for a domed dining experience in the winter months.
The West jetty space will offer wines from Tallagandra Hill Winery and other Canberra district wineries in an all-local wine menu with pop-up food and drink carts.