A major expansion is coming to one of The Wharf’s most popular restaurants.
A major expansion is coming to one of The Wharf’s most popular restaurants.

Epic expansion coming to The Wharf favourite

ON THE back of a "killer" trade, one of the Sunshine Coast's favourite Asian restaurants is about to expand, adding a 130-seat beer garden to its waterfront offerings.

The Wharf's Rice Boi will swallow up neighbouring seafood restaurant Saltwater, which will soon move into the complex's laneway.

Construction has started on the Mooloolaba redevelopment and is expected to be completed in about a month.

Rice Boi will remain open the whole time.

Executive chef Tony Kelly, who owns both Rice Boi and Saltwater, said the enhanced venue would house an extra 130 people to include a refined beer, cocktail and wine list to compliment the surroundings.

Rice Boi developers Dirk long director of Evans Long and Tony Kelly outside the mega popular restaurant.
Rice Boi developers Dirk long director of Evans Long and Tony Kelly outside the mega popular restaurant.

Since opening in November 2017, Mr Kelly has been "overwhelmed" with the success of Rice Boi but said the growth was "natural".

"The locals have really embraced it, we could never have imagined the success, even now with school holidays over there is still a s---load of people here," Mr Kelly said at midday today.

"We wanted an outside drinking area, so this will obviously create more seats and ease the line-up intensity and appease more people.

"Saltwater is certainly not dead, it's just that Rice Boi has been such a success we have to take a long-term view."

Mr Kelly said the redevelopment would showcase the beauty of the marina and allow for ability to hold large events - up to 200 people in the beer garden.

He said the new drinks menu would take a more mainstream approach to beer, to not take attention away from craft beer specialists The Dock and James Squires to shine.

"We just want to create a venue for everyone."