Emirates Leisure Retail Takes Home Top Prize in Cannes as Brisbane River Grill Wins ‘Best Airport Bar of the Year’
Emirates Leisure Retail’s award-winning streak continues winning – ‘Best Airport Bar of the Year 2016’ for Brisbane River Grill following the earlier ‘Best Airport Coffee Shop 2016’ accolade for Hudsons Coffee, also in Brisbane Airport
October 2016, Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) wins award for ‘Best Airport Bar of the Year with Brisbane River Grill at this week’s Drinks International Travel Retail Awards 2016 held in Cannes
In a hotly contested category, ELR demonstrated its ability to create a quintessentially Queensland location, right in the heart of Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal.
Adam Summerville, Managing Director ELRA said, “We are truly delighted and honoured to receive the accolade of ‘Best Airport Bar 2016’ for our fabulous Brisbane River Grill at Brisbane Airport. Creating a real sense of place using local Queensland designs and materials and delivering a menu of outstanding quality using locally sourced produce is testament to our commitment to delivering world-class experiences that will delight our guests each and every time they visit us.”
Brisbane River Grill truly embraced the goal of achieving a genuine sense of place. The design hero is an 8 metre hand painted canvas of the Brisbane River landscape commissioned by a local Queensland artist. An open kitchen creates great theatre, with long communal tables and live sports ensuring a welcoming atmosphere. The use of local materials ensures a real sense of home-away-from-home.
The menu focuses on utilising local produce to create a truly exceptional culinary experience. Free range eggs fresh from the Tambourine Mountains, grass-fed Beef from Rangeland, Darling Downs all ensure you can enjoy quality items such as the Famous BRG Full Brekkie Skillet in the morning, the Moreton Bay bug spaghetti for lunch or the Popcorn Mooloolaba Prawns in the evening alongside everyday classics offering great value too.
The essence of Queensland continues through to the drinks offer with a partnership with Green Beacon, a Queensland micro-brewery and extensive wine list including options by Queensland favourite, Sirromet Wines.
Andrew Brodie, General Manager Airline and Retail Management, Brisbane Airport Corporation, said, “Brisbane Airport is extremely proud of the Food and Beverage offering in our International Terminal.
“This award won by Brisbane River Grill reflects how a concept created through a true partnership can deliver an outstanding outcome for the airport, retailer and travellers.
“Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal has a unique and distinct sense of place that Brisbane River Grill has brought to life through the local produce on its menu, the restaurant fit-out and its quality of service” Mr Brodie said.
Following the recent accolade for Hudsons Coffee also at Brisbane Airport, which won Best Airport Coffee Shop of the Year at the FAB 2016 Awards, Kevin Zajax Chief Operating Officer ELR commented, “We would like to thank our partners at Brisbane Airport Corporation for the trust in our partnership which continues to grow from strength to strength. They share the ambition as we do, to continually elevate the standards of airport hospitality and with Brisbane River Grill and Hudsons Coffee wining Best Airport Bar and Best Coffee Shop of the Year respectively, has set a benchmark from which we will strive to go even further. These awards simply highlight our absolute commitment to delivering quality experiences. Our ultimate reward and recognition is to continually delight our guests ” ELR operates more than 260 outlets, with 75 airport premises catering to a potential audience of over 200 million passengers each year.
About Emirates Leisure Retail
Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR), a subsidiary of the high profile Emirates Group, owns and operates a wide-ranging portfolio of restaurants, cafés and bars between their Head Office in the UAE and Australia. Operating over 260 outlets (including more than 75 outlets across 13 domestic and international airports) models range from franchise to own brand, and are all designed to offer a premium experience at great value with concepts that cover all 24 hours of the day. Key brands operated by ELR include Costa Coffee, Hudsons Coffee, Pret A Manger, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, giraffe, Left Bank, as well as bespoke, world first and global award winning concepts including Coopers Alehouse, Jack’s Bar & Grill, Heineken Lounge and The Draft House.