Award Winning Phat Boyz Smokehouse + Kitchen comes to Waterlea

Award Winning Phat Boyz Smokehouse + Kitchen comes to Waterlea

It’s another milestone achieved for Waterlea as the master-planned community completes ‘The Hangar’, the food and retail building in its village hub precinct.  Greg Reed, Managing Director of RBG Services, proudly announces the anchor tenant, Phat Boyz Smokehouse + Kitchen, the winner of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce 2020, ‘New Business of the Year’.

Phat Boyz Smokehouse + Kitchen scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2021 – what a smoking way to start the new year!  Greg Reed states, ‘The Hangar and Phat Boyz is a winning recipe as a popular dining destination right in the heart of the growing Waterlea Walloon community. Adjoining the retail precinct are lush subtropical gardens surrounded by 30 hectares of parklands, playgrounds.  There is parking at the front door or it’s an easy stroll from the Walloon train station connecting the community to Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  I can’t think of a better place to come together with family and friends and enjoy destination dining.’

Renowned for its long and slow barbeque cooking, range of spices and sauces, catering and custom smokers, Phat Boyz Smoking established in 2017.  It’s legendary in regional Ipswich for its sell-out barbeque dishes from briskets and pulled pork to its ‘mac n’ cheese’ and house-made coleslaw.  ‘My vision is for a family-style restaurant where the locals can walk over to share a meal with friends and family – and kid-friendly.  It’s a casual vibe with seating inside and out, to chill, listen to music, and let us do the cooking’, explains Luke Saggus, Phat Boyz Smoking founder and chief pit-master.

The crown jewel in the 100-seat restaurant is the bespoke smoker five metres long with a surrounding bar seating for diners and spectators. ‘Everyone wants to refine their barbeque skills, and I love sharing my years of experience as I perfect my smoking skills – traditional with a modern multicultural twist.’  Designed by Reddog, Brisbane-based architects, the restaurant interiors feature a polished concrete bar, recycled timber tables and a mural created by acclaimed graffiti artist and tattooist, Micky Hora.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Phat Boyz Smokehouse + Kitchen will employ over 15 staff and offer cooking classes for beginners to experts learning how to hone their barbeque smoking skills.

Waterlea is a master-planned residential subdivision in the Ipswich-West growth corridor offering a village-style community. The estate is a unique offering with affordable homes at an entry-level price point, an approved commercial precinct with restaurants and a 136-place childcare centre operated by LEAD Childcare opening mid-November 2020, and a train station right on its doorstep. Over 500 residents already call Waterlea home with Stages One, and Two sold out, and Stage Three construction is underway. The Hangar at Waterlea has an additional two tenancies available.

For more information about Waterlea and to arrange an interview with Greg Reed or Luke Saggus, please contact:

Lynn Malone


10th November 2020 – Lachlan Mcivor | The Queensland Times