Sydney hospitality juggernaut, Rockpool Dining Group, is ramping up in Queensland. It’s opening three new restaurants and employing 200 people.

Bridgette Vanderwolf reports.


This is Brisbane’s Munich Brauhaus.

There’s lederhosen, schnitzels and free flowing beer.

And the Acting Mayor tapping the first keg.

Shaun Baker, Rockpool Group Food and Beverage Director: “A huge venue, it’s about a thousand seats, it’s got a great beer garden attached to it, 17 beers on tap.”

The company already runs popular Bavarian Bier Cafe in the city.

But its unique style of food and drink is about to become a whole lot more accessible.

The Rockpool Group says its on track to open three restaurants in coming months.

Their investment of $8.5 million will create 200 jobs.

It’ll provide a much needed boost for the Brisbane hospitality industry who suffered after the closure of Damian Griffiths’ Doughnut Time empire.

Brisbane is a competitive market, but Council says there’s room for new experiences.

Adrian Schrinner, Acting Mayor of Brisbane: “We have this multicultural community here and all types of food offerings. You can get all different types of cuisine here in Brisbane, there’s more and more on offer every week that goes by.”

The company believes Queenslanders’ affinity with German culture has paved the way for the new restaurant.

Shaun Baker, Rockpool Group Food and Beverage Director: “Queenslanders really love German fare, really love a good beer.”

Bridgette Vanderwolf, QUT News.