In Summer there is nothing better that sipping champagne and eating cold seafood, while enjoying water views. It’s why Paul and Beryl Grunske started Grunske’s by the River in 2010. They wanted to combine their extensive knowledge of catching seafood with their passion for food. Today, it’s one of Queensland’s most renowned fresh seafood markets and restaurants along the Queensland coast.
Paul, who has been involved in the commercial fishing industry since he was 16-years-old, started out working on a trawler on the Burnett River – the very same estuary his business overlooks today. Before he knew it, Paul had his own net and line fishing boats and trawlers.
“In 1994, we started a seafood unloading and storage facility, known as Bundaberg Cold Stores,” Paul said. “We were little more than a freezer and processing room, selling bait, ice and a bit of locally-caught seafood.”
Some 16-years-later, thanks to ongoing support from their customers, the Grunskes branched into hospitality. “Having no experience in that industry was daunting and overwhelming to say the least,” Paul said. “Beryl and I faced many challenges along the way, but always believed in what we wanted to achieve and didn’t compromise on the standard or quality we wanted to provide our customers.”
Beryl said it was through sheer hard work that they had established a fantastic seafood market and restaurant. “We are incredibly fortunate to have staff that have been with us since the beginning, and are the backbone of what we do,” she said. “The floods in 2011 and 2013 were devastating for our businesses, customers and staff, but we learnt from it and have become more resilient. Events like COVID-19 have also helped us diversify our offering to include things like pre-made ‘heat and eat’ options in the market.”
As well as stocking the largest range of Australian-caught seafood between Hervey Bay and Gladstone, Grunske’s by the River offer seasonal local produce, quality beef and pork, small goods, staples like bread and milk, condiments, souvenirs and gifts.
Reel it in
GRUNSKE’S BY THE RIVER 11E Petersen St, Bundaberg Central 07 4152 2722 www.grunskebytheriver.com.au