THERE is nothing old about The Terrace restaurant in Maleny, even as it celebrates its 20th birthday under the ownership of Craig and Pauline Mitchell this Sunday.
The popular restaurant among locals and visitors from across south-east Queensland has grown from strength to strength since its opening in 1992, and continues to become a returning hotspot.
Owner Craig Mitchell said he was proud of the restaurant's iconic and well known name, after a long journey of ownership.
"One of the main highlights for me was helping to put the Hinterland on the map as a tourism destination," he said.
"In the early years we mainly concentrated on being a seafood restaurant, and helping Maleny to become well known.
"Winning the best tourism restaurant in Queensland in 1998, 1999 and 2000, as well as best tourism restaurant in Australia in 2000, really helped with that."
To celebrate the milestone of their business, Mr Mitchell and his wife, Pauline, will be holding a wine dinner on Friday night.
Though a small occasion, the couple hope to focus on celebrating with the Hinterland locals who have helped their business thrive.
"In this tough economic climate, we've been making monthly specials to support locals who are all so loyal," Mr Mitchell said.
"We want our restaurant to cater for local diners, not just visitors to the area."
The seafood restaurant has gained an iconic reputation over the last 20 years, increasing its family of staff along the way.
"We've all been a team for quite some time now," Mr Mitchell said.
"We'll always been known as the seafood restaurant, but we do hope to bring in more of a variety of differently cut meats.
"All of our seafood is bought from Mooloolaba straight from the biggest trawlers that come in, which is what makes our food so popular."
The Terrace birthday dinner will have a set menu for the night, with bookings essential.
Dinner will be $65 per head, which will include all food and wine. To book, call The Terrace Maleny on 5494 3700.