It’s a tall order stepping into the shoes of the dearly departed Aria, but if any operator has the chops to pull it off, it’s Michael Tassis. The restaurateur behind Eagle Street Pier mainstay George’s Paragon and riverside newcomer Massimo Restaurant & Bar is in the process of transforming the vacant venue into Rico Bar & Dining – a culinary concept that will reportedly deliver a fusion of Australian, Spanish and Latin flavours. Dexus has revealed some key details of the bar and eatery, which is on track for an October opening. Brisbane-based collective Clui Design (the team behind Massimo’s pristine fit-out) and local construction company Tonic Projects have been engaged to craft the venue’s interior, which The Courier-Mail has reported will be reminiscent of a “light, bright, multi-level, indoor-outdoor eatery with seating for 260”.
Rico (translated from Spanish to mean ‘delicious’) will look to offer a modern, vibrant and affordable experience for diners, with a broad appeal targeting everyone from inner-city workers to residents and tourists. The fare will feature the likes of freshly shucked oysters, delicious chargrilled meats and seafood, with an a la carte service, banquet feasts and tapas menu catering for all hunger levels. Stay tuned for more details on Rico Bar & Dining as October approaches.