A new restaurant and lounge on the ground floor of Melbourne Airport is offering an alternative to the busy airport lounge.

Key points:Ministry of Defence and the Federal Government are both involved in development of the projectThe lounge will open in the early 2020sMinister for Tourism, Infrastructure and Regional Development, Scott Emerson, said the project was “an incredible opportunity for our city to showcase our unique multicultural culture and offer visitors an experience unlike any other”.

Mr Emerson said the lounge would open early in the 2020s.

“The project is an incredible opportunity that will bring more visitors to Melbourne’s vibrant multicultural community, bringing thousands of visitors to the city every year,” he said.

“We are very excited to partner with the Federal government and the Minister for Defence to deliver this exciting project for our community.”

The project, dubbed the Miners’ Lounge, was originally scheduled to open in 2021, but was put on hold after the Federal Department of Defence agreed to contribute $1.4 million towards the project.

Minister Emerson said he was confident the lounge’s arrival would be welcomed by all, regardless of whether they were a visitor or not.

“If you’re a visitor, you can come and enjoy this space, but if you’re not a visitor and you’re an existing customer, it will be a welcome addition,” he told the ABC.

“I know the hospitality industry has been waiting for a place to showcase their unique multicultural hospitality.”

The lounge, which will be the first of its kind in the country, will be an 11-metre-wide space with three restaurants, three bars and a private entrance.

The Government has said it hopes to develop the lounge in conjunction with other venues.

The lounge’s opening is expected to draw more than 10,000 people a day.