In what continues to prove a brutal year for Brisbane's culinary scene, fine-dining mainstay Esquire and its more casual sibling Esq. are set to shut their doors by the end of March.
Announced via email, the duo will cease trading on March 29. "I wish to thank all who dined at esq. & esquire over its seven years in operation, a massive thank you," said chef and owner Ryan Squires. "I have not come to this decision lightly as I have very much enjoyed the experience but felt for a number of reasons this was the right time to close the restaurant."
Enjoying a scenic riverside setting at 145 Eagle Street, the pair opened in 2011, fast becoming Brissie icons with their stellar views and delicious menus. Esquire's degustations have long been considered among the city's best — which is understandable given that it ranks as one of city's three-hatted restaurants.
Their closures come after Petrie Terrace's Nativo and Burnt Ends shut up shop in January, and as the collapse of Damian Griffiths' hospitality empire continues to be felt around town.