We’ve yet to see the longterm fallout from the effects this pandemic is wreaking on our hospitality industry, but yet another Brisbane favourite has just announced its closure, with Stokehouse Q joining the likes of Arc Dining, Corella and Bucci in shutting up for good.
After being closed since March, Stokehouse Q will not be re-opening, citing the extended border closure with southern states as the reason for the shock closure. In a social media post, the restaurant said “With our management team and other important senior team members based in Melbourne, and given the extended Queensland border closure to Victoria due to COVID-19, possibly until next year, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to sell.”
To our much loved Stokehouse Q customers - thank you for your unwavering support and for filling our venue with so much happiness, energy and just the right amount of wrong over the past 10 years. We have loved every minute of our time in Brisbane and we have had the privilege of working with many awesome team members. With our management team and other important senior team members based in Melbourne, and given the extended Queensland border closure to Victoria due to COVID-19, possibly until next year, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to sell. Stokehouse Q will now not reopen - however we know that you are in great hands with OTTO. Please sign up to our newsletter via our website for a detailed update tomorrow, including news about bookings & vouchers.
The news isn’t all bad though—the lease on the venue has been picked up by OTTO, with the Fink Group planning to move the Brisbane location of their iconic Italian restaurant to South Bank. The move won’t be happening anytime soon, probably not until next year at the earliest, but Fink’s creative director John Fink has said, “The Sidon Street South Bank location has stunning waterfront and city views, it has event and private dining capabilities, close proximity to Brisbane’s art precinct. There is an intuitive and natural synergy between this new riverside home for OTTO Brisbane and its iconic sister restaurant on Sydney Harbour.”
Stay tuned for updates on the new OTTO.
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Image credit: Stokehouse Q