Port residence back open

A BRAVE new age in fine dining has dawned on Maryborough's Wharf Street with the reopening of the Port Residence restaurant.

The hospitality industry is second nature to new owner Zane Haas who had been helping his mother at her restaurant since he was 14 years old.

After a sabbatical on the outer he decided this year it was time to get back into the food business.

“I was being told I was over-qualified for other establishments so I decided to open my own,” the 27-year-old says.

“I had been out of hospitality and in the transport industry for two or three years so coming back to my own establishment was a bit of risk-taking.

“But it's been good. We've been putting in the hard work in the belief that hard work always pays.”

Maryborough-born Zane has worked in hotels and resorts throughout Australia and overseas but now has his focus set on his home town after taking over as the Port Residence owner three weeks ago.

“I want to build it up to have an exceptional name so that it gives Maryborough a trademark place to go to, a place that can be recommended to people interstate.”

The upstairs section of the restaurant is now open and can “cater for any eventuality”. The restaurant opens 3pm Wednesdays and on Sunday afternoons runs through to late.

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