Canvas Duo Go Public

This news item featured in the February issue of Australian Bartender.

Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau, two of the masterminds behind the Australian Bar Awards’ New Bar of the Year, Canvas, have unveiled plans for their latest Brisbane venture called Public.

“The name Public came about for a couple of reasons,” explains Shearston. “The first being that we wanted to create a venue that was accessible and appealing to a wide range of the general public. It will be a modern yet unintimidating bar and kitchen. The second reason behind the name is due to its proximity to the supreme courts and its new development that is located opposite our site. The name Public seemed to fit perfectly with the large number of public servants in the area.”

Sheartson and Sanceau believe that their location at 400 George Street in Brisbane will give them a distinct advantage.


“There are plenty of restaurants in Brisbane’s CBD,” says Shearston, “however the majority of these are located along the river on Eagle Street Pier – the choice on the other side of town is rather limited at present.” Public will be open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and dinner only on Saturday.

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