It feels like the Howard Smith Wharves project has been moving for ever. The first tenants dropped all the way back in 2017. We knew we were getting a Greek restaurant (Greca), a floating pastel boozer (Mr Percival’s), a killer izakaya den (due to open in October) and a Chinese eatery (Stanley).
Greca and Mr Percival’s are already open and doing good business (we’ve talked about them a LOT), but Cantonese-Hong-Kong mashu-up, Stanley, is an interesting one. Ownership has already changed hands, from restaurateur Andrew Baturo (the guy behind Popolo, Walter's Steakhouse, Libertine and The Gresham) to a shadowy band of private investors. And the latest news is that they’re getting set for an opening in September or October 2019.
The idea for Stanley is a split-level, two-storey Cantonese firestorm, featuring three separate bars, 200 hungry punters and an eye-watering amount of chilli. The menu is set to be largely seafood based, but you’ll find plenty of Cantonese staples on there (we’re hanging out for the Peking duck and crispy pork belly, but each to their own).
News is trickling out of Howard Smith Wharves, and we’ll keep you posted as more developments come online. In the meantime, put a big red circle around September and October. We could be getting a Japanese bar and two-level Cantonese killer at the same time.
Can't wait till October? Check out Brisbane's upcoming Good Food Month. The first line-up just dropped.
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