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The huge workforce needed to bring Queen’s Wharf to life

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The employee might needed to bring Queen’s Wharf to life
The largest restaurant at the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development in Brisbane won’t be open to the public.

Once operational in August, more than 2,400 staff will keep the parts of Queen’s Wharf controlled by The Star Entertainment Group – which owns 50 per cent of the development – running day to day.

A huge employee restaurant will be geared up to serve 600 meals in one sitting to power up staff during their shifts.

The restaurant overlooks the Brisbane River, sitting on a level between the car park and the exterior entrance to The Star Grand hotel.

“The menu will include a range of items from pasta, curries or fish and chips to Asian noodles, baked ham and burgers as well as surprise themed menus, for example Taco Tuesdays,” said The Star Brisbane’s director of culinary, Uday Huja.

“But there will always be fresh salads and fruit and an ice cream sundae station available all day, every day.

“It’s been configured as a restaurant, so it invites our team members to enjoy their break and some social time over a meal,” he said.

The Star Brisbane is currently recruiting more than 1,000 staff for Queen’s Wharf while another 1,400 will move over from Treasury Brisbane, The Star’s existing casino, which will close when The Star Brisbane opens at Queen’s Wharf.

The Star will operate several event spaces including a ballroom of over 2,000m2, large outdoor event spaces like The Landing and the Leisure Deck and the hero space, the Sky Deck, a 250m runway that wraps around the Queen’s Wharf 100m above the city streets.

The Star Brisbane’s chief operating officer for hospitality, Kelvin Dodt, told micenet in December that around 400 staff would service the meetings and events area of the business.

The Star will also operate the gaming floors and The Star Grand, which has 340 rooms and suites.

“Today is the first time I too have seen the employee dining room and it is incredibly special,” said The Star Brisbane’s recently appointed CEO, Daniel Finch.

“I will most definitely be enjoying many a meal here.

“Together with the hard-working team already here and those who will participate in our recruitment process I am eager to roll my sleeves up and get on with ensuring we deliver world-class tourism and hospitality experiences for the many millions who will soon begin visiting, especially Brisbane locals.

“It will be my ambition to drive a fun yet high-performance staff culture as well as build trust with our community to ensure long term growth and success,” said Finch.

The huge workforce needed to bring Queen’s Wharf to life
Queen’s Wharf nearing completion in December 2023

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