Published on 10 November 2016

LIVING CITY’s Food Pavilion will be known as ‘Providore Place’ moving forward, with Devonport City Council today announcing a head lease agreement and a number of key tenants for the LIVING CITY building.

Television cook and presenter Ben Milbourne, established local salmon producer 41 Degree South Tasmania and Southern Wild Distillery, a new gin distillery, have been confirmed as the first three tenants for ‘Providore Place’, due to open in November 2017.

A head lease agreement with Providore Place Pty Ltd, an entity of P+i Group, the LIVING CITY development consultant, has also been approved by Council.

“Providore Place Pty Ltd will assume operational management and sub-leasing responsibilities for Providore Place, in a 10 year agreement which provides Council with a strong commercial return” said Devonport Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin.

“Providore Place Pty Ltd principals Grant Hirst and Rob Woolf have extensive retail and development experience, are passionate about Tasmanian produce, LIVING CITY and the opportunities for the region.  It’s a win-win situation” said Mayor Martin.

Of the new venture Grant Hirst said “Providore Place will be a focal point for North West Tasmanian produce.  It will be a pantry for CBD workers and residents wanting to pick up fresh, locally grown produce direct from the grower any day of the week”

“It will also provide exciting new dining experiences for people before enjoying a show at the Entertainment Centre and allow tourists to ‘stock up’ on Tassie produce before they head home on the Spirit of Tasmania” said Mr Hirst.

“Providore Place will also be built in such a way that it can be turned into an exciting event space after hours” said Mr Hirst.

Construction on Providore Place will commence as planned in the coming weeks, following the signing of the 10 year lease agreement.

Ben Milbourne’s restaurant will be known as either Cultivate or One Degree.  As a major anchor in Providore Place it will feature a main dining room, television studio, private dining room and will also act as a base for regional food tours.

The outwards facing television studio will enable the general public to watch the Ben’s show being filmed live.

41 Degree South Tasmania is a successful salmon and ginseng producer from Red Hills, near Deloraine, developed by Ziggy Pyka in 1998.

Southern Wild is a new distillery being established by George Burgess, an experienced food scientist.  Southern Wild will produce premium gin, whisky and liqueurs created around the pure water, fresh ingredients and passionate growers of Tasmania.

Negotiations are underway with a number of parties for the last remaining tenancy in Providore Place.

As well as the permanent tenancies Providore Place features a central market hall which can be used for markets and events.