Port Douglas elite dining institution forced to shut up shop


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2Fish has ceased trading as of Monday and the owners have said a sad farewell to their beloved business. Image: Newsport.
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One of Port Douglas’ favourite restaurants has been forced to close their doors for good after a particularly tough year of trade.

2Fish Restaurant has been a staple in the Port Douglas food scene for 16 years but on Monday, 21 October, closed their doors for the last time.

The current business owners took over the business in 2009 and elevated the restaurant to one of the top places to dine in the region.

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A statement from the business owners expressed the profound sadness that has come with having to close the business.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support that we’ve received from the Port Douglas community, our wonderful diners, and hardworking staff who have been the lifeblood of our business,” the statement reads.

“We’d like to particularly thank our Executive Chef Jed Sneddon and Restaurant Manager Elgan Rees, who have both worked tirelessly and made a huge contribution to 2Fish.”

A slow year of trade impacted by extreme weather events and falling trade over peak holiday seasons has placed the business into external administration.

“Unfortunately, 2019 has been a very tough year for 2Fish; beginning with a low season that was worse than years past and weather conditions that prevented the usual Christmas trade,” the statement from the owners says.

“2Fish then went onto lose half of our staff to a new restaurant which was a costly hit for us.

“Our big hope was for a massive high season, sadly this wasn’t the case. As we were already coming from behind, it made continuing on through another low season financially impossible.

“We understand the distress and shock of those who have been affected by 2Fish’s closure; something that we have worked very hard throughout 2019 to avoid.”

After taking over the business in 2010, the owners reinvested in the restaurant in 2013 to help clear further large debts and move it to its current location. 

The eatery went on to win a host of awards including ‘Best Seafood Restaurant in Australia 2016’ and was reaffirmed as an elite dining establishment.

“In the 10 years that 2Fish has been a part of our lives it’s been a pleasure to support many local charities, sporting clubs, and environmental causes that look after the beautiful reef,” owners stated.

“2fish proudly employed many people including sponsoring employees who have gone on to claim their Australian residency and citizenship.

“We set an award-winning standard of dining and encouraged our chefs to explore their creativity to the fullest.

“We wish all of Port Douglas’ restaurants and businesses the very best for the coming years.” 

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