Fresh start for Festival Centre foodies

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Friday 24 November 2017

Adelaide Festival Centre and the Stadium Management Authority have joined forces to create a destination café and a new bar along Festival Centre’s new northern promenade.

The two outlets will complement a planned re-launch of the former Lyrics café and will provide a full range of dining options for those visiting the riverfront.

Opening this week is the new bar Neon which is in ‘pop-up’ mode for the summer, serving bright, bold cocktails and platters. Situated at the junction of the footbridge and the Dunstan Playhouse, Neon will take advantage of breathtaking views and establish itself as the new place to catch up with friends, or start the evening before a show or sporting event.

Renowned Adelaide Chef, Nick Filsell, will bring a street food kitchen style to Neon, following successful stints at Jamie’s, Red Ochre and the hugely popular Lost in a Forest pizzeria in Uraidla. 

Next to open will be the Koffee Ink café, which will open in the kiosk space at the eastern end of the new promenade – bringing with it the great food and coffee from the existing café located on Telstra Plaza.

The third outlet to open will see the space formerly known as Lyrics transformed into The Star Kitchen and Bar. Managed by Adelaide Festival Centre, The Star will offer all day dining and entertaining on Adelaide’s Walk of Fame.

SMA Chairman, John Olsen says “We are delighted to be part of the exciting new development at Adelaide Festival Centre. The Adelaide Oval has established an excellent reputation for great food and service and we look forward to delivering that high standard across the river. We look forward to working with our friends at the Festival Centre and bringing even more life to the Riverbank.”

Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Chair, Michael Abbott says “Redeveloping the foyers and entrance to Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre gave us the opportunity to embrace the river. When we reopen in December we will face north and Adelaide Festival Centre will take its place as a gateway to the Riverbank. The new northern promenade is yet another reason to come down to the river and enjoy the precinct. Adelaide’s Walk of Fame, featuring more than 100 stars who have appeared at Adelaide Festival Centre, is also a compelling attraction. This partnership with the SMA signals the start of what we all hope will be a long collaboration.”

Neon opens from 22 November and the new kiosk and The Star Kitchen and Bar will operate from late December. The Festival Theatre will reopen with Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show from 28 December 2017.


Adelaide Festival Centre: Francesca Belperio (Publicity Executive) – (08) 8216 8699 / 0402 842 204 /