Popular Sunshine Coast burger joint Hello Harry, spearheaded by two-hatted chef Tony Kelly, will officially open its doors at Portside Wharf next month.

We first reported on Hello Harry’s expansion plans last month. Well, now it’s official — Portside Wharf will be home to the third Hello Harry restaurant to open since 2014, following venues in Maroochydore and Caloundra.

Kelly, formerly the executive chef at Stokehouse at South Bank and The Wine Bar Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast, teamed up with friend Scott Hoskins to create Hello Harry.

“We started the business in the pursuit of passion and fun, and what we thought would be a humble little burger joint has turned out to be an overwhelming success story,” he says.

“We wanted to create a relaxed and inviting restaurant with real food for real people. We thought that if we could sell 500 burgers a week, we would be doing well, and now we are averaging 2,500 burgers each week.

“Hello Harry has hit the mark with serious burger lovers and we are excited to be bringing our delicious, no fuss menu to Portside Wharf.”

This isn’t Kelly and Hoskins’ first rodeo together. They’re also behind Maroochydore’s popular Junk Restaurant, as well as Donut Boyz, an artisan doughnut chain that’s expanded to eight locations in just 12 months.

With Hello Harry, Kelly says he’s managed to channel 22 years of fine dining experience into a $10 burger.

“There are nine burgers on the menu — all served on a house-made brioche bun — which cater to most tastes from Louisiana pulled pork with barbecue glaze and red cabbage slaw, to crumbed barramundi with crisp iceberg lettuce, and chickpea with labna, candied pumpkin and honey mustard for the vegetarians,” he says.

“I am a purist at heart and love to use simple, high quality ingredients with classic flavour combinations, so it’s no surprise that our biggest seller is the classic beef burger, so much so that we got through six tonnes of ground Wagyu beef last year.”

The Portside Wharf restaurant will serve generously sized burgers and ice cold craft beer in a casual dining room setting. It’ll occupy 130sqm of indoor and outdoor space, next door to Atalanta Bar and Greek at the entrance of Portside Wharf.

The fit-out is already under way. Kelly says the essence of the business is represented through rustic, raw, handmade furniture and a comfortable ambience.

“All furniture used at Hello Harry restaurants is handmade by local businesses from reclaimed timber sourced from old Queenslanders,” he says.

“We believe in working with our community and have engaged a street artist, Matt Clancy, and given him freedom to create unique graffiti-style art in the restaurant for character.”

Portside Wharf property manager James McGillion says Hello Harry will be a welcome addition to the riverside precinct.

“Portside Wharf offers a smorgasbord of dining options with fine dining Japanese at Sono, Mediterranean fare at Byblos, authentic Italian at Gusto da Gianni and a host of cafes and take away venues,” he says.

“We have no doubt visitors and residents of Portside Wharf will embrace the new eatery.”

Hello Harry is expected to open in May.