Hawthorne Seafood Markets – Opening Soon
When word emerged last week that long-running fish-and-chipper The Fishmonger’s Wife would be closing its doors on Saturday July 2 after 20 years of trade, a collective cry of sadness could be heard all across town. Now, before you all start fretting about the possibility of living without The Fishmonger’s Wife’s gluten-free battered morsels, we have some good news for you. The crew behind esteemed seafood merchant Clayfield Seafood Markets is taking over the site, with plans to refurbish it and reopen in early August as Hawthorne Seafood Markets. Owner Nick Copping, a hospo veteran with extensive knowledge in seafood is eager to bring the same high-quality, sashimi-grade fish selection to Hawthorne, establishing an artisan seafood dispensary similar to his Clayfield operation. The downstairs dining room will be converted into a the main fishmonger space, with displays showcasing an assortment of locally sourced seafood, including Atlantic salmon, snapper and Humpty Doo barramundi (all boned and filleted on site), as well as prawns, oysters and pantry goodies. A small fish-and-chip dispensary will offer a menu for takeaway and a small dine-in area. Though the a la carte menu will be different to The Fishmonger’s Wife, Nick has confirmed that its range of gluten-free options would remain as would its liquor licence, allowing guests to savour a drop with their seafood feast. Work will commence on Hawthorne Seafood Markets in early July, with the team already taking applications for chefs and front-of-house staff. We’ll have a look inside for you once the fishmonger opens in August.