Maris Cook has tasted a lot of fish and chips in Brisbane, and he believes it can be much better.
“The standard is a lot lower than what I saw in Melbourne and from what I’ve heard about in Sydney,” says Cook, who co-owns Hello Please, the popular South Brisbane Vietnamese eatery. “We saw a gap and an opportunity in the market for something great.”
That’s why he’s partnering with fellow Hello Please operators Daniel Ward and head chef Jesse Stevens, as well as branding partner Trent Barton from Standing By Company, to open Ol’ School, a casual, quality-driven fish and chippery.
Scheduled to being operating in mid-November, the eatery will slide underneath Mirvac’s Art House development on Hope Street, right near Hello Please on Fish Lane.
While Hello Please is housed inside a shipping container with seating in the laneway, Ol’ School will be an inside space. “There’s been a lot of challenges with having an outdoor venue, obviously over the last 10 days having the wet weather as bad as it’s been,” Cook says.
Chef Stevens has previously spent time working with seafood at Pier, the now-closed, award-winning restaurant in Sydney’s Rose Bay. Most importantly, Cook reckons he’s already mastered the perfect hand-cut chip.
Ol’ School will open at Art House on Hope Street in mid-November.