New restaurant for 'eat street'
SISTERS Louise Sheida and Nikki Railz are bringing some spice to the Bundaberg CBD, opening a Montezuma’s Mexican restaurant on Woongarra Street.
The move to the hospitality business seemed natural for the pair, who have operated Bargara building business Sheida Group together for the past 10 years.
“We’ve been regular customers of Montezuma’s for some time and we used to joke that we should own a store because we were there so often,” Mrs Sheida said.
Montezuma’s is a franchise which had its beginnings in Brisbane and has now expanded to 25 restaurants across the country.
The Mexican restaurant is not set to open until March or April but Mrs Railz said they were already looking for about 14 staff to help operate the eatery.
Mrs Sheida said part of the appeal of the restaurant was the proximity to other eateries Bundy Sushi, Thai Rice and Pappar’Delles.
“This area is turning into a little eat street. It is nice to help it all come together,” she said.
Ms Railz said they had hoped to open the outlet sooner but had been delayed by the Christmas period.
The pair remains confident about their prospects, especially after the local reaction to the closure of well-loved Elliott Heads Road restaurant The Mexican Border.
“It is something we think will work quite well in Bundaberg and there is a need for Mexican now,” Ms Railz said.
Ms Railz felt the atmosphere of other Montezuma’s restaurants would suit the area well.
“It is family orientated and very relaxed and not formal,” she said.
Mrs Sheida said the food would also cater for a wide range of tastes.
“The food is not spicy unless you ask for it to be; there are gluten free meals and vegetarian options,” she said.
The restaurant will open seven days for lunch and dinner.