The link between the majestic green spaces of New Farm and Brisbane’s booming inner city is about to be connected when the first phase of Howard Smith Wharves opens this month, offering 2.7 hectares of green space, an expansive brewery and a raft of gastronomic venues under the north pylon of the iconic Story Bridge.
Rising from an abandoned industrialised area first built in 1935 to offer relief work during the Great Depression, the $200 million project is part of a large-scale vision to transform Brisbane into a world-class tourism, recreation and lifestyle destination. A culinary hub is the first phase of the project to open and will include
- Mr Percivals, a 600-metre square octagon shaped outdoor bar, with the historic Story Bridge overhead and head chef Damien Styles, formerly of The Fish House, at its helm.
- Stanley, a Hong Kong-inspired restaurant and bar housed in a two-storey, 1930s heritage-listed former water-police building. Stanley is the latest venue by Brisbane restaurateur Andrew Baturo.
- Toko, contemporary Japanese cuisine taking inspiration from the ‘Izakaya’,
- GRECA, a modern interpretation of the Greek taverna that will embrace Brisbane’s sunny climate with open air dining and views of the river.
- Felons Brewing Co., a 500-seat wholesale and retail brewery with a slew of locally brewed and must-sip collaborations.
The centrepiece of the new precinct will be Rivershed, a former heritage wharf building re-engineered into a flexible event space with uninterrupted views of the river and the Story Bridge and space for up to 1000 visitors. Rivershed will open in late November 2018 with The Houses, bespoke event spaces, opening in February 2019.
The Howard Smith Wharves are accessible from the New Farm Riverwalk, City Reach Boardwalk and two cliff face lifts from Bowen Terrace.