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The round-up: Brisbane's best new restaurant and cafe openings of the year (so far)
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best new restaurant and cafe openings of the year (so far)

Look, we get it. Since March there has been a lot happening at home and abroad that has understandably required our attention and shifted our priorities. It's been easy to miss things such as new foodie arrivals, especially when we've been forced to stay inside as much as possible. Seeing that restrictions have eased somewhat, now is a great time to acquaint yourself with these newcomers. We've compiled a handy list of some of the best new restaurant and cafe openings that have occurred over the past few months. more

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Fresh catch – Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers arrive on King Street
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Fresh catch – Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers arrive on King Street

If we were to definitively rank our favourite comfort foods, fish and chips would have to slot in somewhere at the top of our lists. The combination of crunchy golden chips and crispy fish is an all-time winning tandem, and when you throw snacks such as potato scallops and calamari into the mix it's hard to refute its status at the top. Those of you that vibe with our fish-and-chip assessment will be stoked to hear that a new source of the battered bounty arrived in Bowen Hills yesterday along with a top-notch coffee spot right next door. Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers is a handy one-two punch for lunch seekers and caffeine sippers – cast a line and see what's good ... more

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Brisbane's restaurants and cafes reopening for dine-in service
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Brisbane’s restaurants and cafes reopening for dine-in service

After months of lockdowns and takeaway-only feasts, it seems like going out for dinner is finally back on the menu. The first stage of easing the federal and state restrictions has commenced, meaning that restaurants and cafes can slowly start to welcome diners back in groups of ten from Saturday May 16. If you're not up to date on the government's three stage plan to reopen, you can catch up here, but essentially there will be a gradual removal of restrictions until venues are back to serving at full capacity. As great as this news is, it's important to remember that we're not out of the woods yet, so it's crucial that restaurants and diners adhere to safety measures otherwise we'll be back at square one in no time. If you're keen to dine out, make sure you book – nearly all restaurants and cafes will be implementing strict reservation-only policies, so be sure to check in with the… more

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Pavement Whispers: Little Salt gets set to perk up James Street
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Pavement Whispers: Little Salt gets set to perk up James Street

One of Brisbane's most stylish shopping and dining precincts is about to get a caffeine injection in the form of Little Salt – a brand-new cafe from the brains behind Newstead success story Salt Coffee Roasters. Arriving in late-July, Little Salt will be serving phenomenal brew and grab-and-go bites with the same convivial laid-back atmosphere of its older sibling. more

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Say g'day to East Brisbane's new cafe arrival Hey Joe Coffee Co.
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Say g’day to East Brisbane’s new cafe arrival Hey Joe Coffee Co.

There's nothing like a few months of lockdown to remind us of how much we adore brunch. The news that cafes are reopening for dine-in service is akin to the sun breaking through dark clouds, reinvigorating our souls. Okay, maybe we're a little too excited about dining out, but how could we not be when it also means that long-awaited cafe arrivals are finally opening! Hey Joe Coffee Co. is a brand-new eatery that is officially opening its doors today, Wednesday June 24, after some lockdown-related delays. Hungry hordes can expect an amalgam of contemporary Australian cafe service, London-inspired aesthetics and a sprinkle of Indian flavour across its all-day menu. more

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Stock up and recharge at pop-up providore Long Island Refuel in Newstead
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Stock up and recharge at pop-up providore Long Island Refuel in Newstead

If you regularly mosey down Longland Street in Newstead, you might have noticed a few changes at local cafe Long Island. The shelves are now lined with an assortment of gourmet deli goods, nutritious snacks, ready-to-eat meals and top-shelf booze on top of barista-brewed coffee and pastries. This Newstead locale is now operating under new ownership and they've got big plans in the works for the space later this year. But first, here are some details on what they're serving up right now ... more

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Only. Specialty Coffee unveils its new HQ in the heart of Fortitude Valley
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Only. Specialty Coffee unveils its new HQ in the heart of Fortitude Valley

After planting roots in the Brisbane City coffee scene and scoring a following of discerning caffeine-loving clientele, the crew behind Only. Specialty Coffee is shifting gears. The team is pivoting from grab-and-go service to something a with a mellower pace, opening a new stylishly minimalist outlet inside Brunswick Street's T C Beirne building. Now Only. isn't only serving coffee – there's a whole new menu of eats to go with an expanded selection of brew for you to slow down and enjoy. more

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Byron-born caffeine crew Moonshine Coffee opens its first Brisbane joint in Kangaroo Point
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Byron-born caffeine crew Moonshine Coffee opens its first Brisbane joint in Kangaroo Point

As the restrictions on restaurants, bars and cafes started to ease over the past couple of weeks, Kangaroo Point residents emerged from their iso-bubbles to the smell of coffee. While we were in lockdown, the brains from Byron Bay's Moonshine Coffee Roasters had been biding their time, waiting for strict restrictions to be lifted before properly unveiling their first Brisbane cafe. Moonshine Coffee softly opened in early May, and it has added a tasty slice of the Northern Rivers to our local caffeine scene. more


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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the coronavirus threat
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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the coronavirus threat

UPDATE March 23, 2020: We told you we'd be regularly updating this, as the coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving. As of midday Monday March 23, the federal Government has forced the closure of all pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services. Currently hotels can operate in an accommodation-only capacity, and supermarkets, convenience stores, banks, petrol stations, pharmacies, food delivery services, bottle shops, hairdressers, beauticians and freight and logistics services can continue to operate. COVID-19 is a serious virus, which means we need to take serious steps to overcome it. As you can see from the latest Government protocol, this usually comes at the expense of small businesses – especially our bars, cafes and… more

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The round-up: where to get locally roasted specialty coffee beans for at-home sipping
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The round-up: where to get locally roasted specialty coffee beans for at-home sipping

It's safe to say that recent happenings have thrown our schedules into disarray. Our routines have been cast aside and now we're having trouble keeping track of what day it is. There are few things keeping us sane and one of them is coffee. While we still try and pop out to nab a cup from our local when we can, we're also really coming to love brewing fresh batches at home. Plenty of local specialty coffee outfits have an excess beans (available online or in person) for those eager to top up their social-distance supply. Here's a hit-list of places to stock up if you're running low ... more

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The round-up: the best locally made hampers to help you picnic with a pal
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The round-up: the best locally made hampers to help you picnic with a pal

While crucially important in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and helping flatten the curve, being cooped up in our houses takes its toll. In good news for our sanity, on Saturday May 2 the state government eased restrictions on public gatherings slightly, allowing pairs to now enjoy an intimate picnic. In response, several local cafes have thrown together a range of mouth-watering picnic hampers – not only adding an extra revenue stream for venues while lockdowns remain clamped tight on our dining scene, but also allowing us to indulge in some much needed outdoor feasting. more

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Feast your eyes upon West End's new pink-hued croissanterie Superthing
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Feast your eyes upon West End’s new pink-hued croissanterie Superthing

They say it takes a lifetime to perfect the art of croissant making. For Eddy Tice and Ania Kutek, this is a challenge they welcome with open arms. After winning the hearts of Brisbane carb lovers with their popular NYC Bagel Deli, the duo has gone a little flaky – in the best way possible. Their latest project is Superthing, the pink-hued croissanterie Brisbane never knew it so desperately needed. more

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Mica Brasserie breathes new French-inspired life into Breakfast Creek Wharf
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Mica Brasserie breathes new French-inspired life into Breakfast Creek Wharf

It seems – quite clearly – that Shannon Kellam isn't one to rest on his laurels. The award-winning chef and restaurateur, together with his wife Clare, is behind Bowen Hills favourites Montrachet and King Street Bakery, and this year is set to see a huge expansion for the family-owned business. The duo – and its powerhouse team – has taken over culinary operations at the new Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Precinct (the home for LSH Auto Australia’s Mercedes-Benz Brisbane dealership and Queensland’s Sotheby’s International Realty), with a multifaceted plan to roll out over the year (government restrictions permitting). One of the first stages is casual riverside eatery MICA Brasserie, a patisserie, bar and bistro set to bring the once-tired Breakfast Creek Wharf back to life. more

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Welcome Savour Cafe – a New Farm mainstay gets a new lease on life
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Welcome Savour Cafe – a New Farm mainstay gets a new lease on life

UPDATE: In the wake of government-mandated restrictions on dining, Savour Cafe's dine-in component is currently suspended. Thankfully, the cafe is serving plenty of goodness to take away, which means you can still get a taste of the venue's fare – we're talking the full cafe menu, cabinet treats and take-home meals! Since its inception, New Farm's Vue Lounge has been a pillar of the suburb's cafe scene, and owners Matt and Dan Jefferis are chiefly responsible for the cafe's success. After taking over Vue in 2005, the brothers have established the eatery as a reliable go-to spot for coffee, brunch and drinks, but now the team is starting a new chapter. Earlier this month, Matt and Dan revealed the results of a recent rebranding, renovation and repositioning of the Vue space. Savour Cafe is Vue evolved – expect the same welcoming community spirit with some tasty tweaks that'll have… more

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A taste of Tassie – Banjo's Bakery opens new full-service cafe and drive through
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A taste of Tassie – Banjo’s Bakery opens new full-service cafe and drive through

Although the current travel restrictions mean we won't be able to take a trip to Tasmania any time soon, thankfully we don't have to go far at all to snag a signature slice of the state. Storied bakery and cafe chain Banjo's is opening its first Brisbane location in Darra today, Wednesday March 25, bringing the western suburbs a plethora of buttery baked goods, freshly made sandwiches and ready-to-eat meals. The concept also boasts a drive-through, which makes it a handy go-to spot in this period of social distancing! more

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The round-up: venues that are temporarily closing during the COVID-19 outbreak
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The round-up: venues that are temporarily closing during the COVID-19 outbreak

As of midday Monday March 23, the federal Government has forced the closure of all pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services. That doesn't mean that every local business you know and love is going to magically switch to takeaway and delivery – for some, this is not feasible. The following is a list of Brisbane venues that will be shutting doors entirely for an indefinite period of time during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be updating this list as much a possible to convey the closures as we hear of them. For more information on these listed closures, including a projected timeframe for how long they might last, be sure to visit the venue's website and socials. more

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On your bike – caffeine and cycling hotspot Tandem Coffee Co. heads to Paddington
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On your bike – caffeine and cycling hotspot Tandem Coffee Co. heads to Paddington

Over the years coffee and cycling have become intrinsically linked – so much so that now packs of lycra-clad bodies are a common sight at your local weekend go-to. It makes sense, then, that the two interests would eventually come together under one roof. Last week Paddington welcomed a new cycle house and coffee dispensary rolled into one. Tandem Coffee Co. has moved from its former home in Grange to set up on Latrobe Terrace, hawking hot brews, fresh pastries and choice gear for speedy two-wheelers and the local coffee crowd alike. more

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Discover Brisbane City's newest hidden gem Anytime Coffee
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Discover Brisbane City’s newest hidden gem Anytime Coffee

While it's true that some of the best food and drink experiences are sometimes the ones you discover by chance, often we don't have the patience to go wandering when all we're craving is a cup of coffee. If you are caffeine deprived and similarly impatient, allow us to clue you in on a must-try newcomer serving top-notch brew in the heart of Brisbane City. Anytime Coffee is a secretive and cosy laneway dispensary that is well worth your patronage – all you have to do is find it! more

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Salisbury welcomes chic coffee specialists Supernumerary Coffee
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Salisbury welcomes chic coffee specialists Supernumerary Coffee

To describe something as supernumerary is to say it's in excess or above the requisite number required. When Robertson locals and ardent coffee lovers Simon Flanagan and Chin Wu decided to open a specialty brew-slinging nook of their own, they knew they were entering a scene already flush with terrific coffee shops. While labelling their brand-new caffeine spot excessive may seem self-effacing, Simon and Chin's Supernumerary Coffee is named thus with tongue placed firmly in cheek. As any serious sipper knows, you can never have enough top-notch coffee sources, especially when the experience on offer is as considered and polished as Salisbury's newest pitstop. more