Celebrity chef Matt Moran is part of the team behind Little Big House, the reinvention of Southbank’s Collins Place. The new pub will be the latest venture from hospitality group Solotel, also behind Riverbar & Kitchen and Aria Restaurant, and is set to open in December 2017.

Built in 1889, the heritage-listed Queenslander has a deeply etched past, previously home to the Southbank Police Station, Spaghetti House during World Expo 88 and has even been a private residence. A blend of old and new, the soon to be opened pub will feature palm trees, foliage, verandas, fairy lights and an iconic façade.

Solotel Director Bruce Solomon said the locational features and the building’s history and aesthetic attracted them to Southpoint.

“Southbank is a premier destination – and we’re really excited to bring a fun new experience to the area. This is my third venture in Brisbane with Matt [Moran] and we can’t wait for the locals to see what’s inside. The building and its history really demanded we create something special,” said Solomon.

The former Collins Place Queenslander will showcase a venue for Brisbane locals who love a good house party, people watching and great music.

“We, and indeed Brisbane, are excited to see this very talented team bring Collins Place back to life, being such an important part of our local history and a real hero piece for Southpoint,” said developer Tony John of the Anthony John Group.

The drinks menu will be simple and fun with an emphasis on quality local QLD seasonal ingredients, mirroring the enjoyable nature of the space and tropical aesthetic of the Queensland state. The food will focus on authentic rotisserie roasted chicken, meats and seafood.

Read our review of Aria’s new spring menu here.