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 …
If you’ve been reading The Weekend Edition regularly in the past week or so, you might have already spied the names Jack Kortlang and Dae Kang on our pages. The duo’s hospitality brand Brisbane Cafe Group has been busy in recent months, opening a bunch of inner-city coffee spots including Weekday at Central Plaza 1, Ann Street Coffee Project in Bowen Hills and Public Cafe at Heritage Lanes, the new six-star green star-designed building now soaring skyward at 80 Ann Street. In a few month’s time, Brisbane Cafe Group’s portfolio will grow further with the addition of Gather Bistro, a multifaceted eatery much larger in scale than the any of group’s current collection of lobby cafes and espresso bars. Gather Bistro will join Public Cafe at Heritage Lanes, opening below the main lobby in the building’s street-facing undercroft.
Within the glazed-glass exterior, work on the fit-out (undertaken by Unita) has already begun. Angela Spillane from Studio Spillane is working with the team on the interior design, which will make use of a natural palette of materials and plenty of colour – think recycled concrete, earthy stone, brass and pops of pink. The front of Gather Bistro will house a cafe, which will offer grab-and-go options and Five Senses coffee to the takeaway crowd (who can also take a minute to snack within Heritage Lanes’ lush greenery-laden plaza), while a central semi-open kitchen will service the bistro’s main dining space. The interior will also house a bar, perfect for post-work drinks or casual drop-in clientele. When it comes to the food, Jack and Dae are aiming for a non-traditional take on bistro dining, with the goal of establishing an accessible destination that city works can realistically frequent once a week. While the menu is still in its development stage, we’ve been told to expect fare that fits within the framework of modern Australian, backed by a neat selection of wine and beer.
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