'Sai-gone Sai-gone': Riverbank restaurant torn down
THE transformation of the Rockhampton riverbank took another huge step forward this week with the demolition of the former Saigon Saigon building completed.
The circular restaurant overlooking the Fitzroy River at the intersection of Quay and Denham Sts was gradually torn down throughout the week with nothing left at the site but a pile of rubble by lunch time today.
Rockhampton Regional Council demolished the structure, which was originally the site of a band rotunda and then ladies amenities, to make way for the new Pier Restaurant.
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Early last year the owner of Saigon Saigon received a substantial settlement from RRC to cover the costs of a total relocation of his riverside restaurant business due to the demolition.
The Pier Restaurant is a key feature of council's $36 million Rockhampton Riverbank Revitalisation which is jointly funded by Rockhampton Regional Council, the State Government and the Federal Government.
Saigon Saigon is not the first unique, iconic structure to be torn down in the CBD in recent months, with the Denham St Rotunda and adjoining retail space and amenities removed late last year allowing traffic to travel down Denham St between Quay and East Sts for the first time in decades.
Construction of the Pier was awarded to Woollam Constructions late 2016 and is due to be completed at end of the year following the full re-opening of a revitalised Quay Street.