Gold Coast bakery Rise Bakery opens to Portside Wharf

Gold Coast-based French bakery Rise Bakery is expanding into Brisbane’s Portside Wharf area with plans to open a second outlet after two years of growth at Sanctuary Cove.

Founded in 2021 by French-born pastry chef Adrien Marcinowski and chef Maxime Bournazel, Rise Bakery occupies a prime location at the north entrance of Portside Wharf, which soon expanded its tenant base. $20 million makeover for mixed-use zone which formerly housed Brisbane’s cruise ship terminal in Hamilton.

“Rise Bakery was born out of our desire to recreate the authentic experience of visiting bakeries and bakeries with our loved ones, from the design and atmosphere to the flavor, just as we did growing up in France,” says Bournazel.

“We are fortunate to be able to do this with Rise Bakery on the Gold Coast and look forward to bringing the same experience to Brisbane customers at Portside Wharf.”

Portside Wharf developer Brookfield Residential Properties officially closed its cruise terminal in December, before embarking on a makeover of the 16-year-old resort that plans to ramp up its lifestyle offerings.

Portside Wharf has more than 12,000 square meters of retail, dining and entertainment space with tenants such as Byblos, Gusto Da Gianni, Sono Japanese Restaurant and Dendy Cinema.

Among the new tenants of the refurbished estate is Michael Tassis, another Gold Coast-linked identity whose father founded popular George’s Paragon restaurants on the Beach, including George’s flagship store in Sanctuary Cove. With a solid track record of restaurant success in Brisbane, including George’s Paragon at Riverside, Michael Tassis is opening seafood restaurant Fosh at Portside Wharf in April, while Rise Bakery will start the business.

Rise Bakery will occupy a total of 155 square feet in Portside Wharf, including an 80 square foot outdoor terrace area that Bournazel says takes advantage of the best riverside location.

“We are delighted to be a part of the next chapter of Portside Wharf as the planned redevelopment is already underway, making it an exciting time to call the outpost our home,” says Bournazel.

Rise Bakery is classified as a boulangerie, a title that describes a patisserie that bakes its products on site.

The Brisbane outlet will continue Rise Bakery’s tradition of serving champagne with meals alongside traditional French classics such as croissants, pain au chocolat, artisan bread and patisserie.

“Enjoying a freshly made patisserie with champagne is something everyone should experience,” says Bournazel.

Lee Butterworth, general manager of Brookfield Residential Properties, sees Rise Bakery as the perfect fit for the new look of Portside Wharf dining options.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Marcinowski, Chef Bournazel and the Rise Bakery team to Portside Wharf and bring a touch of France with them to our riverside community,” he says.

“Rise Bakery plays a vital role in our vision to redefine the area and develop our dining, retail and entertainment offerings to embrace our vibrant local community and will be one of the first venues you see when you enter Portside Wharf.”

Brookfield Residential Properties, which developed the Brisbane Passenger Terminal within Portside Wharf in partnership with the Queensland Government in 2006, says it strives to offer the area a mix of tenancy, including dining, wellness, comfort and boutique offerings.

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