Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 331 October 26
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 331 October 26

From news of Bunker Coffee's new salad and deli sibling to a South Brisbane wine store focusing on sustainability, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Restaurants
Pavement Whispers: Rothwell’s Bar & Grill to bring timeless bistro dining to Edward Street
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Pavement Whispers: Rothwell’s Bar & Grill to bring timeless bistro dining to Edward Street

Allow us to set a scene. You're seated in a restaurant – one boasting opulent decor with a brigade of waiters on the qui vive and jacketed chefs in the kitchen crafting a luxurious spread of dishes (many of which are headed for your table). You've got a perfectly chilled martini at your wrist and a thick tome of a wine list within reach when needed. This experience isn't just a fantasy – come November it will become reality when Rothwell’s Bar & Grill opens in The City. Taking a leaf from the pages of the classic bistro dining rulebook, this forthcoming restaurant and bar will deliver the kind of upscale experience one would typically need to travel overseas to enjoy. Here's what we know ... more

Bars
Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside
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Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside

It's been a long while since the Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory in Morningside was tasked with the distillation of alcohol, but soon the original 1920’s stillhouse will be a hive of small-batch spirit making once more when Bavay Distillery officially launches later this year. In addition to producing a range of handcrafted gins, vodkas, rums, and whiskies, Bavay Distillery will also boast a Gatsby-inspired bar serving tiered cocktail trees and an assortment of tasty tapas. Here's the scoop ... more

Casual Dining
Smashing! Pop-up burger concept Junior Classic Cheeseburger is now flipping in Woolloongabba
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Smashing! Pop-up burger concept Junior Classic Cheeseburger is now flipping in Woolloongabba

It's hard to ignore a craving for burgers. The urge to sink one's teeth into a juicy handful is near impossible to ignore, so our advice is to just go with the flow. Perhaps the flow will take you to Junior Classic Cheeseburger, a new pop-up burger spot slinging sizzling bites that will have you seriously tossing up between double or triple-patty stacks. It's open every Friday, so if you're looking to step out for a fun lunch, pop this one on your list. more

Bakeries
It's here – Agnes Bakery opens the doors to its anticipated permanent home on James Street
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It’s here – Agnes Bakery opens the doors to its anticipated permanent home on James Street

Agnes Bakery was born from necessity, but stayed around because of popularity. When the city shut down in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, 'pivot' became the word of the day and experimental concepts started proliferating around town. Of all the operators that swivelled in order to keep their businesses afloat, few garnered such a rapturous public response as Agnes' pop-up woodfired bakery and bottle shop. The bakery's delightfully crusty loaves of malted sourdough, cinnamon-coated doughnuts and charred and flaky Basque cheesecakes quickly cemented themselves as must-have items, and its smoked butter became a thing of legend. More than a year on and several pop-up appearances later, Agnes Bakery is celebrating the opening of its permanent woodfired dispensary on James Street today, Thursday October 21. There will be danishes, kouign-amanns, choux buns and cakes by the slice – there… more

Cafes
New digs, same fig – The Smug Fig unveils its new Stones Corner cafe and social bar
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New digs, same fig – The Smug Fig unveils its new Stones Corner cafe and social bar

Anyone that has moved house or apartment knows that packing up your life and shifting it elsewhere can be a real pain in the backside. Imagine, then, packing up a cafe – one deeply entrenched in its local community – and relocating it a couple of suburbs over. That's exactly the process that the team behind The Smug Fig has just completed. The East Brisbane-born cafe has just moved to Stones Corner, taking the opportunity to elevate and enhance its look and menu, reopening as one part cafe, one part neighbourhood bar. more

Restaurants
Meet Spread – the Camp Hill pizzeria from the salumi-savvy team behind Say Cheese
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Meet Spread – the Camp Hill pizzeria from the salumi-savvy team behind Say Cheese

When you think about it, an antipasti platter has almost all the right ingredients one needs to make a primo pizza. Meat, cheeses, vegetables – the only thing missing is dough and a dollop of sauce! The crew behind Say Cheese – one of Brisbane's most beloved grazing table, platter box and gift-delivery services – is spreading its wings, securing a site of its own on Bennetts Road in Camp Hill that serves as Say Cheese's headquarters by day and doubles as a slick suburban pizzeria by night. Spread is taking a simple but considered approach to its slices, serving familiar favourites elevated with the use of gourmet cheeses, mouth-watering meats and enticing extras. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

Jamie Fleming
More variety means more things to see, more reasons for people to come out and a better nightlife for everyone to enjoy ... ~ Jamie Fleming more
Cafes
Willow Cafe brings inventive brunch bites and beach vibes to Balmoral
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Willow Cafe brings inventive brunch bites and beach vibes to Balmoral

While we love packing the car and making an impromptu trek to the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast every odd weekend, sometimes our hectic lifestyles prevent us from getting our recommended dose of surf, sand and sun. We can always make time for brunch, though, which is great because Willow Cafe, Balmoral's new resident, has brought a little bit of the beach to Riding Road. With a coastal-chic interior and a menu of eats that look almost too good to eat, we reckon this brand-new noshery will be a favourite for folks seeking a dash of relaxed coastal charm. more

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: Inter/Section – a new laneway hub from the Coffee Anthology team – set to open in Brisbane City
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Pavement Whispers: Inter/Section – a new laneway hub from the Coffee Anthology team – set to open in Brisbane City

When pioneering specialty coffee cafe Coffee Anthology announced on Instagram earlier this week that it was moving, the caffeinated blood of its sizeable fanbase likely ran cold. Thankfully, the esteemed dispensary isn't moving far from its long-time abode on Margaret Street – it's heading to Charlotte Street where it will anchor Inter/Section, a brand-new laneway hub connecting streets, concepts and people with coffee, pastries and hospitality. Here's what we know ... more

Food News
Bon aperitif – Aperol is giving away 100,000 Aperol Spritz
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Bon aperitif – Aperol is giving away 100,000 Aperol Spritz

When the temperature is kicked up a notch, so is our thirst for a refreshing spritz – and one of our favourite tipples to wrap our lips around is of the Aperol variety. To kick off summer on the right note and put eager sippers in good spirits, Aperol is giving away 100,000 Aperol Spritz just for the heck of it. Happy hour just got a whole lot more happier. more

Events
The Dish: Brisbane food news you might have missed this week
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The Dish: Brisbane food news you might have missed this week

There's a lot happening in Brisbane these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of Brisbane food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your tastebuds. This week we’ve got word of floral brunches, tasty beer collabs, takeaway feasts and more! more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: bark up the right tree at Brisbane’s best dog-friendly cafes and bars
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The round-up: bark up the right tree at Brisbane’s best dog-friendly cafes and bars

Dogs are so, so great. They are the most pure creatures on earth and we do not deserve them. Right, now that that’s out in the open we can get down to business – people with pooches are generally keen to take their furry mates everywhere they possibly can, but unfortunately the world we live in is sometimes cruel and prohibitive. It’s ruff (!), but we’ve taken paws (!!) and done the digging (!!!) to sniff out (!!!!) Brisbane’s best dog-friendly cafes and bars. From dedicated hashtags to pup-centric treats, these venues appreciate that it’s a dog’s life. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 330 October 19
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 330 October 19

From news of a new pizzeria and bar for Wilston to Agnes Bakery's official opening date, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: Woolloongabba's Black Sheep Coffee announces a change in name, location and focus
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Pavement Whispers: Woolloongabba’s Black Sheep Coffee announces a change in name, location and focus

One of Brisbane's most storied specialty coffee roasters is making moves. Black Sheep Coffee will soon relocate its coffee bar and roastery from its long-time Norman Street HQ across the road to a larger space, expanding its operational scope and offering. The business will also be adopting a new name – one that better reflects the values of its operators. Come next year Black Sheep will be known as Joyce Coffee – here's what we know about the noteworthy transition ... more

Restaurants
Meet Paella y Pa’ Mi – an intimate Spanish-inspired eatery in the heart of Coorparoo
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Meet Paella y Pa’ Mi – an intimate Spanish-inspired eatery in the heart of Coorparoo

It's hard to walk past a gently cooking pan of paella and not look twice. The sight of fresh seafood, vegetables or meat nestled in a bed of fluffy and crispy saffron-imbued rice is enough to get our saliva glands working overtime – it's no wonder paella has evolved into Spain's national dish. Paella y Pa' Mi, Coorparoo's brand-new restaurant and tapas bar, is making paella its specialty, serving a menu that is part paean to Spanish culinary traditions and part contemporaneous interpretation of the popular peasant-style dish. Throw in a bar stocked with Spanish gins, vermouths, beers and sangria and you've got plenty of reasons to pop in and say hola! more

Restaurants
Everton Plaza heats up with the arrival of Southeast Asian restaurant Mai Gai
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Everton Plaza heats up with the arrival of Southeast Asian restaurant Mai Gai

Everton Plaza might be a far cry from the motorbike-filled streets of Bangkok, but that doesn't mean you can't sample some of the same Southeast Asian fare. Mai Gai – the hub's new greenery filled eatery – is slinging the tastes of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia from its laneway space, adding a sense-invigorating option to the suburb's thriving complement of culinary outlets. Mai Gai officially launches this Friday October 15 – have a gander at the bounty that awaits you ... more

Bars
Graffiti-coated eatery Mr Wabi brings theatrical tipples and Asian-inspired eats to Burnett Lane
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Graffiti-coated eatery Mr Wabi brings theatrical tipples and Asian-inspired eats to Burnett Lane

Sips of ambrosial cocktails, bites of aromatic fare, a come-as-you-are approachability and vibes you long to recapture – that's the experience the team at Mr Wabi looks to provide. The brand-new resident of Burnett Lane in The City opened last week, introducing wanderers to its zestful Asian-inspired offering and street-art adorned interior. Seeking a new Friday night destination with a bit of verve? Keep your eyes peeled for the glow of neon-pink emanating from within Mr Wabi's lively locale. more