Everything We Know About Greca Crew’s Second Venue Along Howard Smith Wharves

By Jessica Pridmore - 08 May 2019


After the immense success of the Howard Smith Wharves precinct, there are now only a handful of spots available along the now-famous riverfront precinct.

With the most recent grand opening of Art Series Hotel, The Fantauzzo, and the recent news of Brisbane eatery fave, Betty’s Burgers set to call the wharf home at the end of the month, all eyes are firmly fixed on the last vacant spaces nearest the CBD foreshore.

Overnight, Jonathan Barthelmess, owner of Greca, has confirmed he and his team are taking over another of these highly sought-after spots—and it’s going in right next door to Greca.

This new venture will not be an extension of the incredibly successful Greek eatery, however, instead Barthelmess is opting for a Japanese izakaya, befit with a riverfront bar stocked with the finest whisky.

“We love being part of Howard Smith Wharves where the huge success of Grecahas taken us all by surprise” says Barthelmess.“By taking the restaurant space next door we can grow and strengthen our team and invest more into the Brisbane dining scene.”

Originally earmarked for fine dining Japanese restaurant, Toko when the precinct line up was first released in 2017, this as yet unnamed venue is earmarked for an October 2019 launch. 

While the exact details of the fit-out and menu are sparing, what we do know is that it will feature a raw bar focussing primarily of sustainable, local and seasonal seafood and Australian wagyu, and will be paired with an extensive wine and sake menu. In addition, the split-level venue will feature a relaxed Japanese-style vinyl bar upstairs housing a neatly curated whisky bar.

In a move that will undoubtedly spur on further expansion into the burgeoning Brisbane restaurant scene, all eyes are now firmly fixed on Barthelmess’, and Howard Smith Wharves, next moves. We'll bring you more info as it comes in, but keep your eyes peeled here for more info on the precinct.

The details

What: Japanese izakaya and bar
Where: Howard Smith Wharves
When: October 2019

Image credit: Darren Chan via Unsplash

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