JOSEPH Rizkallah is confident Rockhampton diners will have more of a taste for budget Italian dishes than expensive seafood.
Joseph plans to open Di Carlos Italian Restaurant on Bolsover Street today.
After a big spruce-up he believes he’s got the right ingredients to make the business a success.
Di Carlos will replace Felicity’s Piano Bar and Restaurant which had a short life at the highly visible site after opening in May.
The new restaurant, with a different owner and manager, will provide a wide variety of À la carte dishes, budget prices, large meals and a big children’s area which will be great for families.
There are also plans for a poker area and cheap pool nearby, so diners can enjoy themselves after eating.
“We will cater for people on a budget,” said Joseph, who has worked in the restaurant industry all his career and promises a 68-dish menu.
“People will be able to come here, have a good meal, a few drinks and a good time.”
He said people would be able to eat a starter, main, dessert and have a few drinks for under $50.
Joseph believes Rockhampton’s dining scene is too expensive and over-rated.
He said his family had run Italian restaurants on the Gold Coast for years.
“My mother has won 27 awards for best Italian cuisine,” said Joseph, who has also picked up a number himself.
The restaurant will accommodate about 200 people.
“We want every buck’s party, every birthday, weddings everything here,” he said. Joseph plans to open the restaurant every night from 5pm to late and lunch times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The site will be licensed, but this is still to be finalised and may not be in place by the weekend.
Bookings can be made by calling 4922 2994.