With COVID restrictions and ongoing community concern affecting large portions of the hospitality industry, soon to open Yamanto Central is proving a shining star in the food and beverage sector.

“I am not aware of too many dining precincts that are opening up in 2021.  In fact, many projects have been put on hold until greater certainty is known across the sector.  Basically, everyone is waiting for a COVID vaccine.  At Yamanto Central, our new dining precinct is progressing at great pace.  We have a few leasing opportunities available for food and dining outlets and we expect them to be snapped up pretty quickly,” JMK Retail, General Manager, Vicki Leavy said.

JMK Retail is the centre owner of Yamanto Central.

“We are really proud to be opening Yamanto Central in the first half of next year.  The whole community is excited.  There is so much need and desire for the new centre – from its broad array of stores, to its health and wellness offerings – the centre is expected to flourish from day one,” Leavy said.

“The Yamanto Central outdoor dining precinct is going to be one of the key elements of the new centre and I think it is going to change the way people dine in Ipswich.

“It is going to offer the region a dining experience like no other.  For people working at Amberley and the surrounding areas, the dining precinct will offer them a relaxed dining environment where they can grab a cup of coffee in the morning or enjoy a hot meal with a range of beverage options for lunch, or a relaxed bite to eat with a craft beer for dinner.”

“For people traveling into the area via the Cunningham Highway, the centre will provide a convenient place to stop with a broad range of dining options.

“For local families, the dining precinct will offer a casual family friendly alfresco dining experience not currently available within the local area.”

The centre will include some 750 square metres of architecturally designed outdoor undercover dining space.  It will be filled with modern comfortable contemporary seating, and punctuated with planters, gardens and ornate lighting leading out onto a gorgeous open air grassed area.  The total space is 1,200 square metres.  The grassed area will include trees, areas for picnics, some seating and a play area for kids to congregate while parents enjoy a meal and a glass of wine.

“The dining precinct allows for seven restaurants and food outlets, some of which will be licensed.  Dining will be available from breakfast through to lunch and dinner, so there will be plenty of options for every palate,” Leavy added.

“We are seeking expressions of interest from quality food operators looking to join a vibrant outdoor dining precinct in one of Queensland’s highest population growth corridors.  Spaces range in size from 80 to 200 square metres complemented by additional alfresco seating.”

The dining precinct will accommodate some 300 people.

Yamanto Central outdoor playscape concept

Todd Crighton, principal of the Buchan Group, designers for the outdoor dining precinct, believes the space invokes a sense of backyard family warmth.

“Our approach with the dining precinct was to foster a comfortable environment that envokes a backyard spirit; somewhere that can host the individual or family activities, amongst an eclectic mix of food offerings and spaces.  It avoids pretension, but instead looks to provide a public space where one can genuinely relax and take ownership of their piece of turf under a tree,” Crighton said.

“The program and planning revolves around connectivity between the more private dining spaces adjacent the restaurants and the rolling grass mounds, creating a garden environment for diners to enjoy while their children and friends embrace the ‘yard’ and its offerings.

“We want to allow a natural evolution for this precinct, encouraging the public to be part of that path ensuring the space is immersed in local identity, spirit and character.”

JMK Retail is already fielding a high number of enquiries from restaurants and food outlets interested in opening up at Yamanto Central.

“Yamanto Central offers a unique opportunity for businesses wanting to be located in an area that has a fast growing population and a community with the financial capacity and desire to indulge in good restaurants, quality shopping and uplifting consumer experiences,” Leavy said.

“We can’t wait to open our doors.  Everyone is going to love Yamanto Central.  We will meet a need across the community that has been under-served for a long time!”

Yamanto Central construction site November 2020

DMA Partners is the development partner for Yamanto Central shopping centre.  Our range of services on this project include development advisory, development management, project management, lease administration, marketing and tenancy delivery.


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Yamanto Central leasing enquiries to:

Chris McLaren
0452 288 484
[email protected] 

Michael Haddrick
0411 468 660
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