DRIFT restaurant, one of the most memorable images of the Brisbane floods, is a decaying mess covered in graffiti, its future still in the hands of the state government.
One year on from the floods, Drift's demise, its tables and chairs still set with crisp white linen as it floated down the Brisbane River, remains one of the most recognisable images from the Brisbane floods.
The footage of the remainder of the restaurant, sunk by the steel cables designed to moor it to the riverbed - with the grand piano, floating beside the restaurant - was broadcast on news channels around the world.
Today it stands as a stark reminder of how slowly some parts of Brisbane have been to recover.
Its owner, David Moore, who reopened Drift at Brookwater Golf and Country Club on the city's outskirts seven months ago, said it was ''heartbreaking'' to see the Coronation Drive landmark left at its mooring in ruins.
It was likely to stay that way for a long time.
''It's awful,'' he said. ''It's just sitting there deteriorating, getting vandalised, an eyesore. I'd love nothing more than to reopen that venue and make it the shining star of Brisbane again.''
Mr Moore took over the riverfront restaurant, formerly known as Oxley's on the River, in 2009 and it was named Brisbane's best new restaurant in 2010.
Mr Moore, who still owes about $1 million to suppliers, says he has had death threats and 20 letters of demand threatening legal action that remain unanswered.
His only hope of recouping some money is through a state government compensation scheme.
During the floods, Drift was declared a natural disaster, meaning it was taken over by authorities.
Mr Moore was told by civil engineers to open the windows and doors and let the water in.
''We were told we couldn't go back there or we'd be arrested,'' he said. ''I've found out since then that, because it was declared a natural disaster and taken over, I'm eligible for compensation from the government.
''The government didn't allow the restaurant to do what it was designed to do, which was float.''
Under the state Disaster Management Act, Mr Moore should be eligible for compensation worth millions of dollars.
However after filing his application in April last year, he is still waiting for a decision from the Queensland government.
''I'd love to rebuild and reopen but that's if they'll allow it. They may deem it to be too risky,'' he said. ''But if they do that, they'll have to compensate me for not only what I lost in the floods but also any lost income - and my lease doesn't run out until 2033. That would be an extremely expensive claim for them to have to pay out, considering Drift's projected revenue for 2011 was $7 million.''