Arc Dining in Brisbane precinct Howard Smith Wharves has announced it will close permanently on the back of tough trading conditions.

A statement from Howard Smith Wharves cited the “significant negative impact” of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry. Alanna Sapwell will leave the precinct alongside the Arc team.

“I’m devastated by the closure of ARC Dining,”  says Sapwell. “It’s been incredible to see the team grow and develop over the last year. I’m proud of them and hope we can work together again in the future. To meet and feed so many customers and to share this food with my home town has been a special experience I’ll always be grateful for. In this challenging time for the industry, if you can, please support in any way possible – order take away, buy a gift card or make a reservation for the future to prevent other restaurants forced to face the same choice.”

Howard Smith Wharves will otherwise continue to operate, remaining across all official advice relating to COVID-19. CEO Luke Fraser commented: “Our other venues remain open for business and we have implemented a number of additional measures from hand sanitiser, increasing our already high sanitisation and hygiene standards, increased social distancing and introducing new takeaway options. We’re operating in accordance with the new government regulations, policies and procedures to ensure all our venues are a safe space for guests, our team and visitors.

“We are doing everything possible and leaving no stone unturned so we can bounce back once the crisis is over. We will continue to activate all of our outdoor spaces in the expansive parklands including the weekends on the lawn which will now run from Friday to Sunday.”

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