Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

The Rocks' Doors Set to Open

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

The Rocks' Doors Set to Open

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Byline: Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@capnews.com.au

THE public has been waiting with bated breath and now Yeppoon Lagoon's upstairs restaurant is almost ready for business.

Karla McPhail of The Rocks Restaurant and Bar spoke with The Morning Bulletin on Monday and said they were just finishing a few things in the restaurant.

The bar will have a soft opening next week in the evenings from Tuesday, April 9 until Thursday, April 11 and again in the following week from Tuesday to Thursday, April 16 to 18.

Over the space of two weeks they will ask for customer feedback and work out all the kinks before they open fully.

The plan is to open the bar on the Easter long weekend and the restaurant will open after Easter.

Food will still be served from the cafe downstairs while the restaurant is closed.

The style of the space is Moroccan with beach and bohemian vibes.

Ms McPhail made a point of creating a design that would cater for the female market, an area she believes is not yet met in the region.

"It means the bar is really luxurious but there is a male drinking space at the front of the bar as well," she said.

"We wanted it to be a really relaxed but fun experience and the view is amazing too, so we have worked really hard to complement it."

Coming from the business side of things, working in hospitality was something new for Ms McPhail and she has learned a lot along the way.

Planning the design, they went through many style options.

The design of the roof and the environment was important as was the way sound would travel.

The build has been 100 per cent supported by local builders and Ms McPhail said she couldn't fault them.

"It has been the most awesome support and they have been really good help with the design with giving us ideas,"she said. …

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