A wide range of fresh, frozen and smoked seafood. Open
Welcome to Central Tavern Seafood, our family owned and run
Seafood wholesale and retail business. We offer fresh
seafood available to public at wholesale prices! A wide
range of fresh, frozen and smoked seafood.
Central Tavern Seafood is our family owned and run
business Seafood Wholesale and Retail. It was
originally established 23 years ago by Max and
Francoise Pantacchini trading under the name
Pantacchini’s Gourmet Foods. It started off as a
two-person operation and within a couple of years Max
and Francoise had over 30 staff members and five
trucks supplying seafood to over 200 restaurants,
hotels, casinos, pubs, island resorts, luxury boat
cruises, surf clubs and takeaway shops ranging from
Cape York to Townsville as well as Interstate and
International to Japan and the USA. They also
established a retail shop opposite the James Cook
University for 5 years. All of this took place whilst
my sister and I were under the age of five, incredible
Max and Francoise are both
highly regarded and respected in the seafood industry.
In fact, they supplied seafood to her Majesty the
Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Cairns in 2002!
They have also formed alliances with renowned
celebrity chefs and food consultants by the names of
Neil Perry, Rick Stein, Tetsuya, Alastair McLeod, Manu
Feildel, Ben O’Donoghue, Geoff Jansz, Guy
Grossi, Maeve OMeara, Alison Alexander, Bill and
Robert Marchetti, Joanna Savill, Huey, Stefano
Manfredi – the list goes on!
running the show for 14 years, Max and Francoise sold
the renowned business in 2007 and moved South down the
coastline to work as seafood contractors for 6 years.
a final note, please help me build up our Facebook
page by giving us a like, ‘Central Tavern
– Seafood Retail’. Here you will find
inspiration to cook, our family recipes, specials as
well as other little goodies!
you and enjoy your seafood adventure! Dorine
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00
am - 5:30 pm Sat: 8:00
am - 4:30 pm Sun: 10:00
am - 3:30 pm