Fulfil your foodie dream in Forbes, New South Wales

The official opening of the new Forbes Visitor Information Centre is drawing closer, as Forbes Shire Council this week puts out a call for operators of the proposed restaurant/café.

The new centre will be housed at the former Lachlan Vintage Village site, which has been fully renovated and a fully appointed kitchen installed.

Expressions of interest have been called for the proposed restaurant/café, which has been completely renovated at the former Lachlan Vintage Village.

“This completely rejuvenated space will make a spectacular venue for unique dining experience as well as relaxed cosy evenings with a drink next to the original brick fire place and will be perfect for functions and gatherings,” says Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM.

“There is a blank canvas awaiting the right person to bring their flair for interior styling and vibrant flavours to the table.”

According to Mayor Miller whilst the design and fit out of the restaurant will be up to the successful tenant, it is an exciting opportunity to feature and promote local and regional produce.

“Forbes and its surrounding districts is literally a food bowl, and we produce so much beautiful food, whether it be wine, meat, fruit and vegetables, the list is so diverse. This is the perfect opportunity to show what we have to offer,” says Mayor Miller.

“It is anticipated the restaurant/cafe will utilise the charm of a new outlook of an old building to offer fine dining in a rustic style,” she said.

“This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious tenant to develop their business in a truly exciting location right on the Newell Highway,” says Mayor Miller.

“Travellers, and locals alike will be keen to stop and refresh themselves with coffee and good food with easy access to information about our iconic, rural town.”

The Visitors Information Centre will open in the first quarter of 2023.

Extensive work has been undertaken at the former Lachlan Vintage Village to prepare it for its new chapter, including the recruitment of staff and volunteers, a call for local produce and goods, extensive internal renovations and the provision of parking.

Expressions of interest for restaurant/café operators will be taken until 5pm on 31 December.

Information packages and expressions of interest forms can be downloaded from the Forbes Shire Council website.  Prospective tenants are encouraged to contact Council and book a private tour of the facility.

For more information and/or to book a guided tour, please see Council’s website or email forbes@forbes.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 6850 2300.