New eateries, bars keep CBD aglow after dark

The central business district is not waiting on the council's evening economy strategy, with new projects set to further spruce up the city's night-time offerings.

A Keira Street dining strip is a highlight of the new GPT development, with eight restaurants including Max Brenner and gourmet burger joint Grill'd on street level.

GPT development manager Steven Turner wants to bolster Keira Street's reputation as Wollongong's foodie quarter, with the new eateries to join a bevy of existing restaurants and bars.

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Grill'd burger restaurant is opening in the Wollongong CBD.

Grill'd burger restaurant is opening in the Wollongong CBD.

"It is already a successful food strip, so we wanted to build on that and add to the mix," he said.

"People are rediscovering the city as a dining area. There were very limited post-dinner options previously, but you will soon be able to bar hop or cafe hop through a few different places in one night."

Howlin Wolf owner Manny Mavridis hopes to expand his bar to incorporate alfresco drinking and dining; the Three Chimneys bakery and bar has added live music; and Mexican restaurant Beach Burrito, a popular fixture in Bondi, is set to open a Wollongong location in Globe Lane.

A liquor licence application proposes a 210-seat restaurant trading until at least 10pm.

Company managing director Blake Read said he was spurred into opening a Wollongong branch after seeing the GPT development take shape, saying the restaurant would host live bands, DJs and live art.

"There is excitement around Wollongong lately, and we saw the success of the bars in Globe Lane," Mr Read said.

"It's really cool what is happening there."

Mr Turner hinted at least one more retailer would take up residence in Globe Lane in the near future, and GPT was searching for more.

"We're looking at how we can build on the culture there already. As each operator opens, there is more reason for more business to come, too," he said.