What on earth is a merry-go-round restaurant?
MAROOCHYDORE soon will be home to a restaurant like none seen before on the Sunshine Coast.
The brainchild of chef Tony Kelly and business partner Scott Hoskins, the new Ocean St eatery will reinvent itself every 12 weeks and become, in effect, a completely new restaurant each time.
And first up will be a 12-week reincarnation of Mr Kelly's hugely popular restaurant The Wine Bar.
The business partners own the successful Hello Harry burger joint on Ocean St and Mr Kelly said they were taking a "no rules" approach to their new venture.
"One quarter it could be a rustic Italian trattoria, the next a proper seafood place with a live crayfish and mud crab tank, then fully vegetarian or even a steak house," he said.
Mr Kelly said he was looking forward to relaunching The Wine Bar.
"It will have a really cool sophisticated bar with a great wine list, classic cocktails and also a 60-seat restaurant across its 140sq m," he said.
"There will be a degustation offer, 15-20 different wines by the glass, champagnes and a cheese list.
"It will be a grown-up, adult bar that'll be a great place to come before or after dinner."
The restaurant's ever-changing name is yet to be confirmed and after The Wine Bar's 12-week stint it will close for a day and a night for a mini makeover that will involve a change of
decor, menu, uniforms, light fittings and paint.
"It will be a bunch of work, but the excitement and rush I get when opening a restaurant will be there four times a year," he said.
"It'll be worth it as what I've learned about the Sunshine Coast is people are always looking for the next big thing."
The new restaurant, right beside Hello Harry, is due to open its doors in the first week of October.
It is one of only two remaining tenancies of the Big Top Market Fresh's Ocean St precinct.
The other was the new Panwa Thai, adding to the huge number of Thai eateries on the Sunshine Coast.
THAI'ING UP THE MARKET
The number of Thai restaurants on the Sunshine Coast shows our love of the Oriental, with 36 different ones listed in the Yellow Pages.
These suburbs have one or more Thai restaurants:
Maroochydore (5 restaurants), Nambour (4), Coolum Beach (3), Caloundra (3), Mooloolaba (2), Yandina (2), Pacific Paradise (2), Noosaville (2), Alexandra Headland (2), Eumundi, Forest Glen, Warana, Golden Beach, Maleny, Cooroy, Buderim, Kings Beach, Parrearra, Moffat Beach, Sippy Downs.