PICTURE the scene: a mighty river covered in craft competing fiercely.
Crowds on the bank cheering wildly.
Perched on the bank above, a classy eatery doing a roaring trade providing delicious, fresh food as well as a wonderful vantage point to take in the action.
By the time the 77th Jacaranda Festival is in full swing, the newest addition to Grafton's waterfront precinct, No. 1 Duke Street, will be part of that scene.
Grafton businesswoman Liza Bloomer will open No. 1 Duke Street on October 29, just in time for the weekend's Dragon Boat racing that will be part of the festival activities.
The restaurant has been planned for nearly three years and under construction for the past seven months.
It is linked to the historic former police inspector's residence, which has been carefully restored and provides extra dining space and capabilities for the establishment.
Head chef Donna Lee is confident the restaurant will find an enthusiastic following among Clarence Valley diners.
While the sweeping river views are the star of No. 1 Duke Street, Donna's food will be a close second.
"I'm influenced by a strong Mediterranean European culture of cooking, eating, drinking and coming together as friends," she said of her culinary background, which began in Victoria's Millewa region and most recently saw her in the role of head chef at the acclaimed restaurant Saltwater at Emerald Beach.
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