NightQuarter, the Gold Coast's most iconic food destination, has announced its closure after being unable to reach a tenancy agreement with their landlords.
NightQuarter will close on February 1, 2019 after three years of operating in Helensvale.
The owners, Michelle Christoe & Ian Van der Woude, shared a post on the NightQuarter Facebook page stating:
It is with great sadness that we announce that NightQuarter Helensvale will be closing on February 1, 2019.
Michelle and Ian (owners) would like to say THANK YOU to our incredible community for your unwavering support over the last three years.
We are proud to have hosted over 6000 live performances, supported Commonwealth Games by putting on 54 events as part of Festival18 and passionately embraced the entertainment and live music scene on the Gold Coast.
We are devastated and wish to highlight it was not an outcome that was foreseen and one that we fought against, however, we were unable to reach a viable tenancy agreement with landlords, SCentre Group, (who own and operate Westfield Australia and New Zealand) for a further term. The asking rent of over double we are currently paying was just not feasible.
Gold Coast, thank you for your support, your kindness, your enthusiasm and your friendship.
A special thanks to our community of regulars that have been with us since the start, you know who you are. Not seeing your faces every week will be the hardest goodbye of all.
A huge thank you to the promoters, booking agents and partners who have believed in us and supported us. A special thanks to Gold Coast Tourism, BlankGC, Queensland Tourism and Events, Oztix, Energy Entertainments, Magic Castle, Hula Hut and Aurora Training whose partnership saw many young trainees land their first job making them job ready for when they finalised high school.
Full post below.
The post has generated over 5,000 comments, with Gold Coast locals expressing their sadness over the shock closure.
"OMG this is awful. Corporate Greed from Westfield, not surprising but definitely disappointing!!! I’m going to miss NightQuarter definitely"
"NightQuarter gigs were awesome, enthusiastic people of all ages. The food markets were amazing. Friendly, cheap & delicious! Something real, local and not ‘globalisation’. Thanks so much Michelle & Ian"
"The most charming family friendly night spot on the Gold Coast...sad to see you go and thanks for the great memories"
NightQuarter will be open until February 1, giving locals and fans the opportunity for one last hurrah.