New Hervey Bay restaurant to focus on fresh, local seafood

BOOKING requests are rolling in thick and fast at Hervey Bay’s freshest dining experience.

Head chef and co-owner of Banksia Seafood and Grill in Hervey Bay, Saul Collins. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

Banksia Seafood and Grill will officially open to the public on Saturday, March 20.

The restaurant is owned and run by Saul Collins and Aleeca Waterman.

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“Things are really coming along nicely. We couldn’t be happier with the progress we are making right now,” said Saul.

Good News Fraser Coast sat down with Saul a little earlier today, chatting about the couple’s vision for the restaurant, the style of cooking they want to bring to Hervey Bay and how the venture is breathing new life into a prominent and well-positioned building on the Esplanade in Torquay.

Just a stone’s throw from the ocean, Saul said their emphasis will be on cooking locally caught seafood “of the highest quality.”

“We want to serve real food that is fresh and sourced right here,” explained Saul.

He said the atmosphere within Banksia would be one that was relaxed but exuded excellence and an expectation of the highest standard.

“We will offer people fine dining in a setting that is relaxed and welcoming of families,” he said.

“We’re not pretentious.”

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The restaurant will spill out onto the sidewalk where comfortable seating and an extended awning will add to the relaxed atmosphere.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to sit and sip on a rosé,” said Saul.

The head chef is no stranger to the Hervey Bay food scene, having previously worked at several popular restaurants in town.

“I have a good following here in Hervey Bay and we’re just encouraging people to come down, say hi and enjoy a meal,” he said.

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From an aesthetics perspective, Banksia has adopted a Hampton style interior. The large glass windows and white exterior walls also give a fresh feel to the area.

“We’re in such a great location,” said Saul.

Banksia can be found on the Charlton Esplanade, just up from Denmans Camp Road in the old Hoolihans building.

Speaking on the growing foodie scene in Hervey Bay, Saul said having several top-quality restaurants was great for the area.

He said such venues help put Hervey Bay on the map, offer something special to locals and attract visitors to the area.

Healthy competition also ensures standards remain high.

“Hervey Bay will prosper if the food scene continues to thrive,” Saul said.

You can find more information on Banksia Seafood and Grill on Facebook.

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