Gold Coast-based French patisserie Rise Bakery is expanding into Brisbane’s Portside Wharf precinct with plans for a second outlet after two years of growth at Sanctuary Cove.
Rise Bakery, founded by France-born chef pâtissier Adrien Marcinowski and chef Maxime Bournazel in 2021, has secured prime position at the northern entrance to Portside Wharf which is expanding its tenant base following a $20 million facelift for the mixed-use precinct that formerly housed Brisbane’s cruise ship terminal at Hamilton.
“Rise Bakery was born out of our desire to recreate an authentic experience of visiting pâtisseries and boulangeries with loved ones, just like we did growing up in France, from design and atmosphere to taste,” says Bournazel.
“We have been fortunate to be able to do this with Rise Bakery on the Gold Coast and look forward to offering the same experience to Brisbane customers at Portside Wharf.”
Portside Wharf developer Brookfield Residential Properties officially closed the cruise terminal in December ahead of embarking on the facelift for the 16-year-old facility with plans to ramp up its lifestyle offering.
Portside Wharf has more than 12,000sqm of retail, dining and entertainment space with tenants including Byblos, Gusto Da Gianni, Sono Japanese Restaurant and Dendy Cinema.
Among the new tenants for the refurbished site is another Gold Coast-linked identity Michael Tassis, whose father George established the popular George’s Paragon restaurants on the Coast, including his flagship outlet at Sanctuary Cove. Michael Tassis, who has a solid pedigree of restaurant success in Brisbane, among them George's Paragon at Riverside, is opening seafood restaurant Fosh at Portside Wharf in April, which is when Rise Bakery is also expected to begin trading.
Rise Bakery will occupy a total of 155sqm at Portside Wharf, including 80sqm of alfresco terrace space, which Bournazel says takes advantage of the prime riverfront location.
“We are delighted to be a part of Portside Wharf’s next chapter, with the planned redevelopment already under way making it an exciting time to call the precinct home,” Bournazel says.
Rise Bakery is classed as boulangerie, a title that defines a patisserie that bakes its goods on the premises.
Apart from Rise Bakery’s traditional French classics such as croissants, pain au chocolat, artisan bread and pâtisseries, the Brisbane outlet will maintain the tradition of serving champagne with meals.
“Enjoying a freshly made pâtisserie with champagne is something everyone should experience,” says Bournazel.
Brookfield Residential Properties managing director Lee Butterworth sees Rise Bakery as a perfect fit for the new look Portside Wharf dining offering.
"We are delighted to welcome Chef Marcinowski, Chef Bournazel and the Rise Bakery team to Portside Wharf, bringing with them a touch of France to our riverside community," he says.
"Rise Bakery plays a vital part in our vision to redefine the precinct and enhance our dining, retail and entertainment offerings for our vibrant local community to embrace, and will be one of the first venues you see when you enter Portside Wharf."
Brookfield Residential Properties, which developed the Brisbane Cruise Terminal within Portside Wharf in partnership with the Queensland Government in 2006, says it is seeking to introduce a mix of tenancies including dining, wellness, convenience and boutique offerings to the precinct.
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