George Kotis is ready for his next challenge – the WetSide cafe in Hervey Bay.
George Kotis is ready for his next challenge – the WetSide cafe in Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

WetSide cafe has a Greek identity

HOSPITALITY runs through his veins and George Kotis just couldn’t help himself when it came to taking on another challenge.

Mr Kotis will be leasing the old boat shed building at WetSide from Wide Bay Water Corporation.

He has big plans for his role in Hervey Bay’s water park; the first to get rolling will be a coffee shop selling café treats including burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, all-day breakfast and the Greek specialty souvlaki.

There will also be summer-time delights to help people cool down such as ice-cream and cold drinks.

That will all be available when WetSide opens to the public on Monday after the tourist attraction is officially launched by Premier Anna Bligh on Sunday.

Come March the café, currently unnamed, will expand into selling WetSide merchandise; a clock run by water, sunscreen, hats and thongs to start.

“It will be good to get some water-saving items as well like shower timers,” said Wide Bay Water Corporation communications manager Christina Maynes.

The third stage of Mr Kotis’s plans will be to have a more extensive restaurant menu for night-time diners but that will not happen until well into next year.

The café will be open the same hours as the park; Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm.

It will also sell tickets for the BoardRider.

Mr Kotis entered the Fraser Coast hospitality industry when he bought the Tattersalls Hotel in Maryborough in 1969.

He currently owns George’s Al Fresco Greek Restaurant in the Bay.

“Wide Bay Water is really happy that George will be the operator at WetSide,” Ms Maynes said.

“His Greek restaurant is already some people’s favourite restaurant in Hervey Bay.”



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