The countdown is on for The Bavarian Rockhampton’s grand opening on Monday, 9 November when around 40 locals will start work for the region’s newest employer and customers will have their first taste of the popular family-friendly menu.
Located at Rockhampton Stockland shopping centre, at the former Sizzler site, The Bavarian will get straight down to the business of serving its first lunch when it opens at midday, with the menu spanning everything from classic Bavarian dishes, such as pork knuckles, schnitzels and sausages to Aussie pub favourites, including burgers, chicken wings and sticky pork ribs, and healthy salads – all accompanied by 20 beers on tap, and jugs of summery house-made cocktails.
Several key team members are relocating to Rockhampton, lured by the quintessential regional Australian lifestyle, and the career progression opportunities offered by one of Australia’s largest hospitality providers, Rockpool Dining Group, which has a presence in six Australian states and territories; Auckland, New Zealand; and five regions of Queensland. Around five front of house casual positions remain, as well as one chef position. Applicants can apply here.
The 480-seat restaurant, including a 230-seat beer garden around the restaurant’s façade, will launch with a community partnership program to support local groups and charities. The Rural Fire Brigade Association Queensland (RFBAQ) will be The Bavarian’s inaugural partner. A fundraising event will be held on Saturday, 5 December, to support RFBAQ’s Rockhampton division, with an exciting line-up of fundraising activities to be announced in the lead-up to the event.
Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said he is proud to be bringing jobs back to an industry that was hard hit by COVID-19, and to be supporting a local community via jobs creation, fundraising projects and the launch of a fabulous dining destination for families and groups of friends.
“Our regional restaurants, including The Bavarian at Mackay and Toowoomba, have proven to be much-loved by their local communities and we hope to replicate that in Rockhampton with a stunning new venue that we encourage our guests to make their own,” Mr Pash said.
“As a thank you to the local community, which has flooded our inboxes with messages of enthusiasm, well wishes and support, we aim to give back via our community program, which we hope to extend to include sporting team sponsorships.”
“We encourage sporting teams to reach out to our venue team, if they would like to make The Bavarian their post-game destination to refuel and celebrate a good game.”
Stockland Rockhampton Centre Manager Elysia Billingham said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the well-known and respected family-friendly restaurant The Bavarian to our dining precinct at Stockland Rockhampton. We know customers will enjoy the fun and comfortable atmosphere, range of iconic dishes and distinct experience on offer.
“We want our retail town centre to be more than just a place to shop, but a destination where people can come to connect, socialise, and choose from a diversity of retailers in the convenience of one place.”
The Bavarian Rockhampton celebrates an easy-going, pop-in-any-time ambience, complemented by an all-day, family-friendly menu, and a cellar full of fabulous beers. Guests can enjoy Bavarian-inspired elements, from cultural hints in the interior decor, to quintessential dishes and a large range of traditional, imported brews, which mix with casual Aussie elements including a pub-friendly atmosphere and 30 large-screen televisions for live sports viewing.
December will bring an exciting line-up of summer drinks, Christmas feasting menus and family-friendly school holiday dining.
The Bavarian Rockhampton
Stockland Rockhampton Shopping Centre, Bruce Highway, North Rockhampton QLD 4701