Seven years ago, DAP & Co’s Denis Sheahan, Andrew Baturo and Paul Piticco decided to open a steakhouse together.
“That didn’t go entirely to plan,” says DAP & Co’s marketing and events manager, Sean Waters. While they waited for the perfect site to become available, Sheahan, Baturo and Piticco started launching other venues. “Firstly, they opened Popolo [in South Bank], then The Gresham in the city, and Heya Bar [in Fortitude Valley].”
Finally, they have found the perfect spot for their steakhouse. It’s in Old Mineral House – a heritage-listed building best known for its long stint as acclaimed fine diner Restaurant Two.
“In order for [Walter’s] to be successful, it had to be in the right location,” Waters says. “When the Restaurant Two site became available, this was the right opportunity.”
Scheduled to open in mid-March, Walter’s will be very different to other steakhouses in Brisbane. Waters says the restaurant will actually focus away from the origin of the beef, simply ensuring the meat is always the best quality available. The menu will feature a small selection of cuts, including a signature dry-aged cut.
The steakhouse will have a classic fit-out with the aim of restoring Old Mineral House to its former glory. A large bar is being built and will be managed by The Gresham’s Brendon Osmers.
The cooking method is still under wraps, although you can expect Adam Herbert (ex-Buffalo Bar, Mighty Mighty) to head up the kitchen.
Walter’s Steakhouse will open at 2 Edward Street in mid-March 2018.