Thanks for the photos mate. Walked past yesterday and noticed the towers were beginning to take shape. Obviously still plenty to be done, but its nice to see the start of one of the paifang after all this time.
I don't think you can force them to go?Definitely starting to look like real paifangs now! I'm curious, do you have any idea when the non-Asian related stores on the eastern side of Young St will go? It doesn't really make sense to walk past these paifangs and then see denture clinics and adult stores...
Not quite Chinatown but very close so I figured I'd ask anyway. The Not Tonight Bar (on the corner of Nerang St and Davenport St) is one of the few bars/restaurants on the GC open late (midnight I think). Interestingly, they posted on Facebook last week that they will be using their new opening hours this week for 7 days a week. So does anyone know how late they'll be open? 2am maybe? There really isn't enough establishments on the coast that are open late outside of nightclubs and the casino. Having a bar/restaurant in the Southport CBD that is open in the early hours of the morning really sets the tone for what a proper CBD should be like.
Anyway, does anyone know about their new opening hours? Taroom perhaps?
I can't help but laugh when you call it a "CBD". :lol:I agree Sam and I do know that Council does have a decent marketing budget for Chinatown festivals such as Chinese New Year as well as other Asian Festivals.
Chinatown was established by Dale Anderson from the Southport TAB and other local Southport CBD retailers because of the uncertainty at the time surrounding the Gold Coast Hospital site and the growing prominence of both Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach as key business areas it was a move aimed at reigniting interest in Southport's CBD and restoring the suburb's status as the city's key business hub.
Broadbeach has the convention centre and the casino and Surfers Paradise has the beach and nightclubs ... while Southport was losing its hospital and its CBD.
Mr Anderson and the Southport CBD retailers wanted something to replace that and bring people back into the CBD, by creating a lot of different restaurants and businesses. They were critisised back then because there were no Asian businesses in the precinct so had to start Chinatown from scratch.
The objective was to establish a street that honours all the Asian cultures and features different architectural and ornamental structures. Given they started from nothing and the area was full of empty run down shops and now most have been leased I am sure the precinct will take hold and be successful but it will take time.
Southport is our city's most multicultural suburb with thousands of overseas Asian students at Griffith University living and studying in the CBD so it is a perfect location for a Chinatown it is hoped the precinct won't be a burden on rate payers and in the future will not need any help from council but will grow organically much like Sunnybank in Brisbane has done a place tourist and locals will want to visit so as to experience Asian food, shopping and business.
Also the two Chinatown night projectors are now switched on they project colourful Asian art and images onto the walls of two buildings in Chinatown if anyone is driving around the CBD at night take a look, one of the projectors is located in Davenport Street the other in Young Street.
Good to hear. According to this article, the council added a small bar feature to the proposed city plan back in June 2015 and we know the city plan is going to commence on 2 February 2016. Perhaps Not Tonight were allowed to trial the new hours/small bar set up two weeks before the city plan kicks in? I know the old trading hours used to be 10am-midnight but it appears they now open at 12pm which would suggest breakfast is off their menu. I'd just really like to know how late they are open and if they have become a small bar alone without being a restaurant.Spoke to the guys at Not Tonight back in September and we had a discussion about the desire and need for a greater small bar culture in Southport. A few people who were in the bar at the time joined in on the conversation. Everyone agreed that the current liquor licensing laws were a joke! Especially for a "CBD" and with the 2018 games coming, the laws make the GC look like a joke!
The manager of NT said they had been trying for AGES to get extended trading hours! Hopefully they have finally achieved their goal and more and more small bars pop up around Southport!