River Canteen closes for South Bank development

South Bank’s River Canteen will close its doors in December after more than 17 years of operation.

The  Queenslander-style building which houses the restaurant will demolished to make for a new South Bank Corporation development. It's unclear at this stage whether riverside dining will form part of the redevelopment.

I've dined at River Canteen many times over the years and always been impressed by the food and service.  There are too few opportunities to dine on the river and I hope the South Bank Corporation keeps this option available for diners.  Somehow I suspect they have a bigger agenda.

Restaurant owner David Carter said he hoped to relocate the restaurant sometime in 2010. The final night of trade will be on New Year’s Eve.

While he would not rule out a return to the redeveloped South Bank precinct, Mr Carter said he was exploring a number of options – including the CBD. The closure was a factor driving the launch of River Canteen’s corporate catering arm.

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