What's next for The Mill?

Two major food and beverage venues have been slated to take up shop at The Mill development.

The Lone Star rib house and Grainstore Brewery will keep the heritage of The Mill's exterior while the inside is spruced up with a fresh and modern feel.

Works on the precinct will be on track to be completed by the "first quarter" in 2018, development manager James Maher said, pending council approval.

"Everything has been going well with council," he said.

"We're trying to get in early and tick all the boxes so that everything goes smoothly when we submit our application.

"We are confident with the commercial precinct given how everything has gone so far."

The development follows from the wildly successful launch of Chinese restaurant and bar Dynasty, and cafe Pig and Pastry.

Business “has been great,” Pig and Pastry head chef Karl Kelly said, and locals Wagga will be able to reap the benefits of the new developments.

“Everything has been so popular,” he said.

“The cafe has been going very well since the opening. The owner had a deep connection with Wagga and the unique development site (at The Mill).”

The rib house was selected for its high quality restaurant and will further compliment The Mill’s aesthetic with its rugged industrial interior.

The updates will paint a better picture of Wagga, Pig and Pastry head chef Karl Kelly said, and will boost the city’s image.

"It's been a bit of an eyesore for so long," he said.

"To have the development completed, buzzing and busy, I think it will be great for Wagga."

A European-style public plaza between the set of new and old buildings has also been earmarked for development, pending council approval.

The space will provide a mezzanine, Mr Maher said, and will showcase sculptures commissioned by local artists.

“Part of the exterior is already naturally raised,” he said.

“When that upstairs area goes in, people will be provided with this awesome view.

“They will be able to sip on a beer and catch a game across the road at the new PCYC on a sunset background.”

Mr Kelly is excited to be working alongside new businesses in the proposed developments and welcomes what the future of The Mill holds for Wagga.

“It’s a unique property and there are some great businesses here,” he said.

“Lone Star will certainly be a draw card for people. I know a lot of people are getting excited for it.

Council was unable to comment on the project as it is yet to receive a development application for the next phase of the development.

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