The team at Farrago, including director Darren Cherry, have delivered some of the region's favourite venues including Rice Boi, Saltwater, Marketplace Bistro and Giddy Geisha.
The team at Farrago, including director Darren Cherry, have delivered some of the region's favourite venues including Rice Boi, Saltwater, Marketplace Bistro and Giddy Geisha.

Brains behind Coast’s favourite venues revealed

Rattle off a list of the Coast's most popular venues and chances are the team at Farrago are the brains behind some of the best.

What started out as a small cabinet making and shop fitting firm 14 years ago has grown into the producers of some of the most recognisable venues.

Director Darren Cherry said while they'd started out focused on retail shop fitting of DFOs and other national clients, the business had shifted about seven years ago.

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Their commercial joinery arm took off and the Bells Creek-based company now boasted a string of national clients, as well as the kudos of having designed and fitted some of the Coast's busiest bars and restaurants.

They design and fit-out stores for retail chains including Ghanda, Jeanswest and Lorna Jane, but locally, they're also the team responsible for landmark venues like Rice Boi, Giddy Geisha, Marketplace Bistro, Alex Surf Club and Sunshine Beach Surf Club.

Farrago director Darren Cherry.
Farrago director Darren Cherry.

Mr Cherry said they'd fostered a long-running relationship with renowned chef Tony Kelly, dating back to the start of Hello Harry and worked with prominent developers Evans Built.

Mr Cherry said their experience as builders as well enabled them to bring that approach to developing new concepts.

He said seeing the success of some of the venues they'd created was a source of pride.

"It's a bit of a feather in your cap," Mr Cherry said.

Mr Cherry said they were experienced in developing stores from conception all the way to completion, but also worked with operators to bring a concept or vision to life.

Sunshine Coast restaurateur Tony Kelly opened Giddy Geisha at the Maroochydore CBD on January 2.
Sunshine Coast restaurateur Tony Kelly opened Giddy Geisha at the Maroochydore CBD on January 2.

He said they'd managed to negotiate the challenges of the pandemic, which included having to get a team out of Adelaide overnight after an outbreak and they were now hoping to expand their domestic business.

With more bar and restaurant design concepts in the pipeline the Farrago team, which included co-director Brendan Collins, was now focused on opening its own display centre and bringing on a designer for residential designs, refurbishments and new builds.

Mr Cherry said they'd built their business from humble beginnings and a lot of their working arrangements remained "shake of the hand stuff" with trusted clients.



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