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Thursday 7 December 2017

Brisbane gears up for a new gourmet precinct in 2018

Leading restaurateurs are lining up to be involved in the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct in Brisbane. 

HSW will be a lifestyle, dining and tourism destination reactivating 3.4 hectares of Brisbane’s riverside encompassing a craft brewery and eateries piloted by some of Australia’s most respected chefs and restaurateurs. 

Open to the public in late 2018, the redeveloped wharf precinct is already forging its reputation as a culinary hub to be reckoned with.

On the menu are a new concept Greek restaurant and bar by Jonathan Barthelmess, the brains behind The Apollo, The Apollo Ginza and Cho Cho San, Toko Brisbane by Matt Yazbek, a combined restaurant/bar and event space serving izakaya-style Japanese cuisine, along with Stanley, a 180-seat Asian eatery by restaurateurs Andrew and Jaimee Baturo. 

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with some of the best restaurateurs in Australia.,” says Adam Flaskas, director of HSW. “Alongside the very thoughtful and respectful architectural conversion of this area—which will re-energise our former maritime port, adding another chapter to its history—we’re building our future community through something that’s sensory and special and really rather simple: food. 

"The fact that so many nuanced cuisines and unexpected cross-cultural blends are represented in these restaurants is a testament to the diverse character of Brisbane. We’re a city of curious palates. We like to be surprised.”

The complex will also include the Overwater Bar, a 200 metre-squared venue beneath the historic Story Bridge. 

Originally constructed in the 1930s, the Howard Smith Wharves were a project initiated by the Queensland Government to provide locals with relief work during the depression. 

Largely abandoned since the 1960s, these spaces are now heritage listed—a rare surviving example of early infrastructure building in the city, with their offices and sheds and wharfage still intact. They lie along the river’s edge, below the cantilever Story Bridge, and are backed by soaring cliffs and 2.7 hectares of natural parkland.

The project will include a 164 room, 5-star Art Series hotel, and function spaces able to accommodate up to 1,000 guests. 

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