The chang­ing face of Fish D’vine

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ICONIC Air­lie Beach dining venue Fish D’vine and The Rum Bar has re-opened to­day af­ter closing for a few days to un­der­take some ren­o­va­tions

It is now pre­sent­ing a fresh and ex­cit­ing new op­tion in the lo­cal dining and bar scene.

Com­pany direc­tor and longterm Whit­sun­day lo­cal Kevin Collins said that the team had long recog­nised the need for con­stant in­no­va­tion and af­ter a life­time in the restau­rant in­dus­try recog­nised that a les­son learnt early still rang true to­day.

“I was told a long time ago that run­ning a restau­rant was like rid­ing a bike up a hill. If you stop ped­dling, you go back­wards; you can never just coast along,” he said.

“We are see­ing the in­creas­ing trend in foot­path and al fresco dining which suits the trop­ics so well and the ever evolv­ing food scene in Australia just means we have to con­stantly re-in­vent our­selves to meet the chang­ing needs of our guests.”

Fish D’vine is in­vest­ing in a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade to its court­yard and al fresco dining area to make it the ideal place for pre-din­ner cock­tails, light meals or af­ter din­ner cof­fee and dessert.

“We are also mov­ing to a more ‘ta­ble ser­vice’ model, par­tic­u­larly in our restau­rant area, en­hanc­ing dé­cor and af­ter over 10 years of an evolv­ing menu are hav­ing the most rad­i­cal change the op­er­a­tion has had since we opened,” Mr Collins said.

“We are de­lighted to have a new ex­ec­u­tive chef join the team who is bring­ing a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing two hat­ted Syd­ney seafood venues, bring­ing a steak onto the menu and hav­ing a great mix of Aus­tralian clas­sics, Asian in­spired fu­sion dishes and us­ing iconic lo­cal seafood such as coral trout, bar­ra­mundi and mud crabs which both lo­cals and vis­i­tors ex­pect to see along the reef coast.”

“The changes are about build­ing on the restau­rants rep­u­ta­tion, which has seen it awarded Trip Ad­vi­sor’s Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence rat­ings 9 years in a row and see­ing how we can do it even bet­ter and meet the chang­ing needs of our cus­tomers.”

“Ta­ble ser­vice is clearly some­thing peo­ple have been ask­ing for but so too is keep­ing the in­for­mal fish café ex­pe­ri­ence and with the ma­jor up­grade to our al fresco space we will now be of­fer­ing both styles, as well as our fa­mous rum bar ex­pe­ri­ence all in the same venue.”

HARD YAKKA: Fish D’vine owner Kev Collins, Luke Mur­ray, Jack Har­brow and Mark ‘Dr Rum’ Wy­att are busy pre­par­ing for open­ing of the re­cently re­fur­bished Fish D’vine and Rum Bar tonight.

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