Second-generation restaurateur Michael Tassis has unveiled his latest Brisbane venture, Fosh, which will open at Portside Wharf in Hamilton early next year, serving fresh and sustainably-sourced seafood overlooking the Brisbane River.
The refined seafood restaurant will span 700sqm and feature a Hampton’s-inspired design, with work expected to commence shortly on an extensive $3 million fit-out, ahead of an anticipated March (2023) opening.
Fosh will join the list of celebrated venues by the renowned restaurateur and Tassis Group director, including Opa Bar + Mezze and Massimo Restaurant & Bar at Eagle Street, Yamas Greek + Drink at West End and George’s Paragon.
Mr Tassis is also the name behind Fatcow Steak & Lobster and Rico Bar + Dining, which were formerly housed at Eagle Street, and are anticipated to open in new locations soon.
Mr Tassis said Fosh would embrace its stunning riverfront location at Portside Wharf, with a menu that paired perfectly with its position and a design that featured views, space, light and natural elements inspired by the water.
“The fit-out will include a glamorous island bar, fireplace and generously sized indoor area suitable for entertaining large groups, which will flow effortlessly to the outside alfresco area, where guests can enjoy a meal and uninterrupted views of the river,” he said.
“We’ve also dedicated space for a casual yet upmarket fish and chip offering, ideal for families and friends looking for a relaxed, tasty and fresh meal to go.”
Mr Tassis said Fosh was born of his love for seafood, which stemmed from a childhood spent at his family’s restaurant.
“My passion for seafood comes from working as a boy with my father, George, who founded George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast over thirty years ago. It’s very much in my roots,” he said.
“Fosh’s focus will be on serving fresh, high-quality and sustainable seafood that is on our guests’ plates within 24 hours of being caught, including fish, lobster, mud crabs, oysters and more
“We hope this exceptional dining experience will spark – or reignite – people’s love for the cuisine and I can’t think of a better location to do so than directly by the water.”
Mr Tassis said it was the right time to open his seventh restaurant in Brisbane at Portside Wharf.
“For more than a decade, I’ve loved visiting Portside Wharf and enjoying its truly unique waterfront location,” he said.
“When I was given the chance to secure a restaurant space with prime river frontage, it was an opportunity too good to pass up, and I now look forward to being part of the precinct’s exciting new future and evolution.”
Brookfield Residential Properties Managing Director Lee Butterworth said Fosh was the ideal addition to the sophisticated waterfront dining available at Portside Wharf.
Portside Wharf recently announced plans to undergo a $20 million makeover.
“We are pleased to welcome a restaurateur of Mr Tassis’ calibre to our vibrant riverside village,” he said.
“Fosh aligns perfectly with our new vision for Portside Wharf, and I have no doubt the opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood directly by the river will be one that is embraced by our residents, surrounding community and those from across the city.
“Work are anticipated to commence soon at Portside Wharf, which will further enhance the outdoor dining experiences on offer, alongside a refreshed and activated riverfront, so it is a momentous time for our precinct.
“We are actively seeking to complement our tenant mix with further dining, wellness, convenience and boutique offerings, to service our rapidly expanding local community.”
Portside Wharf features more than 12,000sqm of retail, dining and entertainment space and is already home to some of Brisbane’s best venues, including Byblos, Gusto Da Gianni, Sono Japanese Restaurant, Dendy Cinema and the recently expanded Zeneldin’s IGA, with additional retailers to be announced soon.