ONE OF Rockhampton's most iconic restaurants will form part of a new empire in the city.
Pacino's, the family-owned Italian restaurant which has been operating for 30 years, has been confirmed as the third and final restaurant at the $65 million Empire riverfront apartment hotel development.
It will operate alongside the Coffee Club and the Ribs and Rumps restaurant, overlooking the Fitzroy River on Victoria Pde.
Development partners Andrew Beaumont and Wayne Riddell said it was a brilliant product mix and they were excited to welcome a restaurant with such a proud history and enduring reputation.
It was also a vote of confidence in the ongoing development of the riverfront precinct.
The Empire is set to open in early November.
Pacino's owner Guy Pilcher said the development offered "just the right mix" with its riverfront location, its situation close to the CBD and its alfresco dining options.
"We love it. To overlook the river, to get those air flows and that coolness. There is something lovely about it," he said.
Mr Pilcher said the new site would be comparable in size to the restaurant's existing site in George St.
The big difference was the open kitchen, with 7m of frontage. The fit-out of the new restaurant would start on August 18.
Mr Pilcher said the George St restaurant would continue to operate until the move was made to Victoria Pde.