HAPPY FAT GROUP
The Happy Fat Group is the umbrella company for the ventures and collaborations of Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau. Founded in 2010, they have cemented their reputation in Australia and California with a range of diverse, award-winning venues ranging from small bars, to restaurants and pubs. Over the last few years dynamic duo have expanded their focus to include catering and consultancy, working with clients such as TOMS, Goldenvoice and KPMG.
Queensland’s ‘Young Entrepreneurs of the Year’ – Hospitality 2015/16
The New York inspired eatery and bar, Red Hook, in August 2014. The fast paced venue serves up delectable burgers, tacos, wings and other NYC inspired street food. The drinks list offers an extensive range of American and Australian beers, cocktails and wine.
Coppa Spuntino opened in December 2014 and occupied a small tenancy in the heart of Brisbane City. Serving woodfired pizzas, pastas and spuntinos and boasting an award winning wine menu, Coppa was a huge success in this location for 5 years. Coppa relocated to it’s new tenancy on the renowned Eagle Street Pier at the start of 2021. The food menu transitioned to a coastal Italian vibe suited to it’s new light, bright and much bigger space on the river.
‘Australian Wine Bar of the Year’ – 2015/2016
POLLEN LOS ANGELES
Pollen opened in December 2017 in the quaint Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Offering a Australian influenced breakfast, lunch hand brunch experience. The beautiful space lent itself to numerous events ond functions, while to food became some of the most instagramable fare on the Eastside.
‘Best Breakfast/Brunch in Los Angeles’ – Time Out Magazine 2018
The latest addition to the HappyFat Group is London Fields. The Gastropub opened its doors in July 2015. Serving up English influenced pub grub in a light and airy heritage building with a designer beer garden, London Fields is located in the up and coming area of Westend.
Bonnie and Tom opened the much anticipated 120 seater designer restaurant Public in February 2012.
The innovative concept started a new and permanent trend for Brisbane’s ever growing dining culture. Serving up small plates with international influences, Public’s shared dining concept was one of the first on the Brisbane scene. Always wanting to be ahead of the game, their creative menu has showcased a variety of unusual eats including less commonly used Australian game and more recently insects.
Public continues to be one of Brisbane’s best-loved restaurants.
‘Best New Restaurant’ – Queensland Good Food Guide Awards 2012
‘One Chefs Hat’ – Queensland Good Food Guide Awards 2013
‘Best Bar Food’ – Australian Bar Awards 2013
‘One Chefs Hat’ – Queensland Good Food Guide Awards 2014
‘One Chefs Hat’ – Queensland Good Food Guide Awards 2015
Canvas Cocktail & Wine Bar opened in July 2010. A collaboration with two other business partners, this was Bonnie and Tom’s stepping stone onto the hospitality scene in Brisbane. Canvas was renowned for its intricate and innovative cocktails, and is credited as being the spark for the small bar culture that followed in Brisbane.
The intimate and eclectic cocktail bar housed many of Australia’s finest bartenders during the three years under ownership.
Canvas was sold in August 2013.
BREAD & MILK CATERING