WATCH: Rocky's new terrace a taste of big-city food culture
YOU'D be forgiven for thinking you're in the heart of bustling Sydney when you're enjoying a meal in Rockhampton's newest dining precinct The Terrace.
The $7 million, 250 seat indoor-outdoor dining precinct at Stockland Rockhampton was officially opened today with the precinct's final retailer, Schnitz, opening its doors to the public last week.
Owners of Guzman y Gomez Warwick and Shar Jones said The Terrance was a great location where people from the community could come and experience a wide range of dining variety.
"It's been about four months since we've opened so we've been kicking along really well," Warwick said. "It's been absolutely great, it's a great area, great location and great dining mix as well.
"The options you've got here between us all on the terrace is unbelievable and the stores along here really complement each other.
"We're in the best location in town, it really is a destination. "We're so happy it's finally open and everyone can enjoy all of the options.
"Another great thing is that we're local and we all employ locals.
"We've got 30 employees working for us and with all the other new stores we've got here on the Terrace you're looking at over 100 people in jobs which is great for the area."
Stockland's commercial property CEO John Schroder officially opened The Terrance yesterday and said it rivalled other dining areas in the country.
"It reemphasises our absolute faith in Central Queensland," Mr Schroder said.
"The shopping centre that we've controlled here since 2003 has been a continuing reinvestment to lift the standard on offer to our customers in CQ.
"The investment in this part of the project in creating what we're standing in comes off the back of about $140million we've already spent in the last seven or eight years and there's more to come.
"It's a very exciting shopping centre sand very productive and get great support from the community and the retailers.
"You'd be forgiven for thinking that we're in CQ, you could be congratulated for thinking we're in metro Sydney."