Brisbane loses iconic fine diner Stokehouse Q

South Bank restaurant Stokehouse Q will not reopen its doors following the Covid-19 shutdown after 10 years in the site.

Stokehouse Q owner Frank van Haandel announced the news on social media.

“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,” the post stated.

“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.”

The lease will be taken over by the Fink group, operators of Italian restaurant Otto in Brisbane’s CBD and Sydney’s famed Quay restaurant.

“The Sidon Street location has stunning waterfront and city views, it has event and private dining capabilities, proximity to Brisbane’s art precinct,” said Fink creative director John Fink.

“There is an intuitive and natural synergy between this new riverside home for Otto Brisbane and its iconic sister restaurant on Sydney Harbour.”