Har­risons finds Grande home

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Spencer Patrick has con­firmed he is mov­ing his award win­ning eatery, Har­risons, to the Sher­a­ton Grande Mi­rage.

Har­risons will occupy the space for­merly held by Il Pesca­tore and fit out will start in the com­ing weeks, Mr Patrick said.

The move has been in the works for some time with whis­pers fol­low­ing the re­brand­ing of Patrick’s Wharf Street venue to Bistro H.

“Last Oc­to­ber our move to the Sher­a­ton had be­come a solid re­al­ity and we needed to give the Wharf Street lo­ca­tion (ex Har­risons) a dif­fer­ent iden­tity,” he said.

At the Sher­a­ton Grande Mi­rage the new in­car­na­tion will be known as Har­risons by Spencer Patrick. The menu will be Euro­pean but heav­ily in­flu­enced by lo­cal pro­duce.

The over­all theme of the fit out is Bri­tish Colo­nial which will take ad­van­tage of the grand ceil­ings and fea­tures of the space.

Mr Patrick ex­plains that there will be a lot of green­ery used in­side to soften the space.

Guests can ex­pect a fea­ture bar and lounge area to­wards the res­tau­rant en­trance and a pri­vate din­ing area come meet­ing space across the rest of the up­per in­side level.

Around 50 air-con­di­tioned seats will occupy the lower in­te­rior level of the res­tau­rant. The venue’s out­door bal­cony seat­ing for 50 will then likely prove pop­u­lar year round with views across the re­sort’s iconic and ex­pan­sive la­goon pools.

Doors are set to open late May 2017.

To make the move pos­si­ble Patrick has ac­cepted that he will have to re­lin­quish his third venue, Bucci.

The main street Ital­ian diner is now on the mar­ket for a quick sale. “Be­ing one of town’s busiest restau­rants in and out of sea­son, Bucci is per­fect for owner op­er­a­tors look­ing to make an easy first move into be­ing their own boss,” Mr patrick said.

“It’s for sale now on a walk in-walk out ba­sis and with sea­son just around the cor­ner, the tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter for prospec­tive buy­ers.”

Pic­ture: BRIAN CASSEY

Spencer and Reina Patrick at the for­mer Har­risons

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