Box Hill Mall: Dining Destination

Whitehorse News - December 2020

Council is working closely with Vicinity Centres, owner of Box Hill Central, as well as local hospitality venues, to expand their outdoor trading into Main Street.

Box Hill Central regional manager Andrew Drivas said COVID-19 had impacted businesses throughout Box Hill, like much of Melbourne, and it was important for Council to support a safe and successful return to trade.

“Box Hill Central is more than an amazing Asian food precinct,” he said. “It’s a bustling destination for dining with more than 75 eateries inside and around the centre, full of culinary delights for everyone.”

While restrictions are easing, COVID-19 safety regulations have made it more difficult for customers to navigate dining-in, which is why Box Hill Central has helped transform Main Street into a new, outdoor dining destination.

The revamp includes:

  • 16 extra-large picnic tables that can accommodate more than 60 extra diners
  • shade umbrellas
  • safety barriers
  • relocated amenities, such as bike hoops, to make more dining spaces
  • increased cleaning services.

Locals and visitors to Box Hill will be able to enjoy regional Chinese cuisines, as well as Japanese, Indian, Korean, Malaysian, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese, in addition to the much-loved modern Australian, Italian, Mexican, Persian and more on offer at Box Hill Central.

“Main Street and Box Hill Central are now well-equipped to cater for anyone who wants a place to enjoy takeaway dining, and those who would prefer table service,” Mr Drivas said.

Council is supporting the recovery of local businesses in a range of ways. Extending footpath trading and turning car parks into outdoor dining areas will help restaurants and cafes make the most of the important summer trading season. We’ve waived fees for footpath trade permits and we can assist with barriers to make car park transformations safe for diners across Whitehorse.

Vicinity’s proactive approach is a great example of cooperation between businesses within a precinct to attract diners. We encourage business owners to approach Council with their ideas. We want to see our cafes, restaurants and retail stores thriving again and will endeavour to do everything we possibly can to help our businesses to reopen as restrictions lift.

Criteria such as appropriate locations and no pedestrian or safety concerns must be met before a COVID response outdoor dining permit can be issued.

More information visit Outdoor Trading page.