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Pavement Whispers: The team behind Cali Beach Club and Surfers Pavilion acquires the GPO Hotel in The Valley
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Pavement Whispers: The team behind Cali Beach Club and Surfers Pavilion acquires the GPO Hotel in The Valley

A long-standing Fortitude Valley icon is set to get a new lease on life courtesy of a $7-million makeover from a group of Gold Coast movers and shakers. Artesian Hospitality, the team behind Cali Beach Club, has acquired the building's lease, setting plans in motion for an expansion into Brisbane's premiere party district. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: The NOTA team takes on Newstead with soon-to-open restaurant Allonda
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Pavement Whispers: The NOTA team takes on Newstead with soon-to-open restaurant Allonda

All'onda is an Italian term that is often used to describe a particular kind of risotto. Literally translated to 'on the wave', it is commonly utilised to describe the way Venetian-style risotto gently ripples when it has achieved the perfect consistency between dry and brothy. It's also the name for Newstead's newest resident. Allonda is the soon-to-open sibling of Paddington's NOTA Restaurant & Wine Bar – an eatery that looks to strike the perfect balance between local eatery and upscale occasion-worthy destination. Expect fresh pasta dishes, share plates piled high with meats and a burrata bar slinging serve after serve of glossy goodness. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Tillerman, a new seafood restaurant from the Naga Thai team, will open next month at Riparian Plaza
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Pavement Whispers: Tillerman, a new seafood restaurant from the Naga Thai team, will open next month at Riparian Plaza

It's been a tumultuous time for Brisbane City's riverside strip, with errant tide levels and landmark redevelopments having a sizeable impact on the waterfront promenade's dining scene. It's not all bad news, though – there's still plenty of action taking place along Eagle Street and soon some of Brisbane's sharpest hospitality minds (who have helped open the likes of Walter's Steakhouse, Popolo and The Gresham) will open a brand-new restaurant at Riparian Plaza. Tillerman will open in early September, showcasing a sensational seafood-centric menu perfectly suited to the restaurant's river-adjacent location. more

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Pavement Whispers: culinary heavyweight Guy Grossi to open Settimo, an expression of coastal Italian culture, at The Westin Brisbane
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Pavement Whispers: culinary heavyweight Guy Grossi to open Settimo, an expression of coastal Italian culture, at The Westin Brisbane

Few indicators speak to the strength of Brisbane's dining scene better than news that a big-name chef is opening a new restaurant in the heart of town. Guy Grossi, an eminent figure in Australia's epicurean arena, has just announced that he'll be expanding his restaurant portfolio with Settimo, a landmark eatery plucking inspiration from Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Settimo will open at The Westin Brisbane later this year. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 369 August 2
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 369 August 2

From news of an innovative brunch spot for Alexandra Hills to an Amalfi-inspired restaurant from Guy Grossi, 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

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 368 July 26
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 368 July 26

From news of a new inner-city location for Malt Traders to a soulful salad bar and sandwich joint from the Lina Rooftop team, 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

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Pavement Whispers: Gather Bistro, an inner-city eatery from a couple of coffee kingpins, will open soon on Ann Street
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Pavement Whispers: Gather Bistro, an inner-city eatery from a couple of coffee kingpins, will open soon on Ann Street

While developments like Queen's Wharf and the soon-to-be-revitalised Eagle Street Pier have been grabbing headlines, a new hub has been slowly gestating over on Ann Street. Heritage Lanes, the brand-new building created by Mirvac Group and M&G Real Estate is slowly inching its way towards its completion. While a few corporate entities already call Heritage Lanes home, its street-level hospitality component is just starting to take shape. Gather Bistro will open at Heritage Lanes in September, adding an accessible spot to nab Five Senses coffee and modern Australian-inspired eats. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 367 July 19
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 367 July 19

From news of a new northside cafe from a Michelin-starred chef to Brisbane's most Instagrammable event space, 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


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Pavement Whispers: Volume 366 July 12
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 366 July 12

From news of a new coffee and jaffle slinger for Fig Tree Pocket to Bellissimo's Mediterranean-inspired pop-up restaurant, 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

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Butler Wine Bar – the intimate drinking spot from the Lune Croissanterie crew – is now open
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Butler Wine Bar – the intimate drinking spot from the Lune Croissanterie crew – is now open

If you've ever bitten into a buttery croissant from Lune and wondered what the croissanterie crew could achieve if it put the same amount of care and thought into another culinary concept, then we'd like to introduce you to Butler Wine Bar. This long-awaited neighbourhood drinkery is The Lune Co. team's first foray into nighttime trade and they're looking to make a great impression on Brisbane's wine- and cocktail-sipping set. Anchored by a grounded approach that spotlights comfort, community and conscience, Butler packs a lot into a small package. Butler Wine Bar will officially open next Thursday July 7 – we were lucky enough to take its food and drink menu for a test drive. Read on to find out more ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 365 July 5
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 365 July 5

From news of a beloved Japanese-inspired salad slinger's Queensland expansion to a new three-level bar from BrewDog, 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

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Brewdog Fortitude Valley
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Pavement Whispers: craft-beer powerhouse BrewDog set to expand with a new three-level venue in Fortitude Valley

Three-and-a-bit years on from the official launch of BrewDog's Murarrie headquarters, the globe-spanning craft-beer giant is poised to build its Australian presence. Later this year the Scottish-born brand will open a new standalone venue in Fortitude Valley, showcasing BrewDog's widely beloved range of punk-inspired and attitude-loaded ales alongside a host of pub-style eats. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 364 June 28
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 364 June 28

From news of a high-quality fishmonger for Hawthorne to a new location for a cult-favourite noodle joint, 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

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Pavement Whispers: amaro takes centre stage at Before + After, a new laneway basement bar opening soon in The City
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Pavement Whispers: amaro takes centre stage at Before + After, a new laneway basement bar opening soon in The City

Amaro, the bittersweet Italian herbal liqueur known to many as a post-dinner digestivo, has seen a sharp spike in popularity in recent years. The stomach-settling sip is becoming increasingly more common on the shelves of Brisbane's best bars and restaurants, moving from unheralded elixir to the in-vogue drink of choice for discerning drinkers. George Curtis is funnelling his own love of amaro into the mortar of his own bar, Before + After – a low-key libation spot opening in The City later this year. Here, expect to find an assortment of amari – from the seductively sweet to the boldly bitter – as well as a range of amaro-infused snacks like shrimp rolls with Fernet Branca mayo and affogato-style amaro floats. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 363 June 21
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 363 June 21

From news of a family-inspired Italian eatery to the reopening of a flood-ravaged riverside favourite, 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

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Pavement Whispers: The Blackout team announces mis•spelt – a new dispensary of baked goods and stacked sandwiches
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Pavement Whispers: The Blackout team announces mis•spelt – a new dispensary of baked goods and stacked sandwiches

There's something big happening on the corner of Latrobe Terrace and Collingwood Street – the home of beloved Paddington coffee spot Blackout. In the coming weeks, the perpetually popular piccolo slinger will be relocating one door down into a brand-new space, one it'll be sharing with the crew's soon-to-open bakery concept, mis•spelt. With top-notch specialty coffee on one side and fresh loaves, pastries and sandwiches available on the other, this two-in-one emporium will handily cater to locals craving carbs and caffeine. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 362 June 14
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 362 June 14

From news of a new inner-city location for one of Brisbane's best Indonesian restaurants to the return of a beloved baked-goods dispenser, 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

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Pavement Whispers: JuJu Bar & Dining to bring fine casual fare to Sunnybank Hills
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Pavement Whispers: JuJu Bar & Dining to bring fine casual fare to Sunnybank Hills

As Brisbane's boundaries gradually spread out from the city centre and the suburbs start to fill in, demand is rising for a commensurate proliferation of upscale eateries. JuJu Bar & Dining is looking to bring an elevated epicurean experience to Sunnybank Hills, with a focus on contemporary East Asian cuisine delivered in a refined but approachable setting. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 361 June 7
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 361 June 7

From news of a new cafe and wine bar for Ashgrove to a Sunshine Coast hospitality group's forthcoming Italian eatery, 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

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 360 May 31
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 360 May 31

From news of the Venzin Group's Mediterranean-inspired bayside eatery to a two-level cafe and cycling hub for Queen's Wharf, 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