Outlook Cafe operator seeks long lease

GLADSTONE Regional Council is looking for a long-term tenant for the site of The Outlook Cafe.

Owner Bill Fawzi has been running the business on a month-to-month licence.

He asked to be put on a long-term lease, but in order to do this council has put the kiosk out to tender.

Mr Fawzi has run the cafe, with seven staff, for the past three years.

He told The Observer he wanted more certainty if he was going to spend money on the building.

"If I win (tender), I'll have a business I can sell," he said. "I love it, but if somebody takes it over that's fine too."

In a media statement, council chief executive Stuart Randle said the council was tendering for a long-term tenant "to get the best use out of council property".

"Council is only able to comment after the process is finalised and information is made public," the CEO said.

Expressions of interest through tenders, as published in The Observer's classifieds section, close on February 19, with a mandatory briefing that tenders must register for, to be held on February 2.