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

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 …

When Coffee Anthology’s owner Adam Wang made the tough call to uproot his lauded cafe (which much of Brisbane’s caffeine aficionados regard as the progenitor of the city’s percolating specialty coffee scene) from its Margaret Street home, he decided it was time to do something crazy. Yes, Coffee Anthology is closing on Friday October 22 after seven years of operation, but in a little over a month it will be reborn as part of something bigger. Inter/Section, a soon-to-open laneway precinct currently in the works at the base of the Midtown Centre, will see Adam bringing four venues to life, with Coffee Anthology 2.0 featuring as one part of a larger whole. After witnessing first hand the toll the pandemic (and its associated lockdowns) took on Brisbane City’s hospitality scene, Adam has decided to go big with his new venture, injecting some life back into The City’s streets by showcasing an assortment of tastes that will complement Coffee Anthology’s discerning take on caffeine dispensing.

Inter/Section’s Clui Design-envisioned laneway, which bridges Mary and Charlotte Streets, is a 700-sqm hub that will feature four separate venues. Coffee Anthology will occupy the space closest to the Charlotte Street entry, with an assortment of gear once more facilitating the concept’s multi-roaster showcase. Seating for 120 guests will run the length of Inter/Section past two central retail spaces geared towards offering an assortment of comestibles. A central kiosk will see Adam and the team partner with lauded baked-goods maker Justin Yu, whose Mount Gravatt patisserie The Whisk is highly regarded as one of Brisbane’s best sources of sweet and savoury pastries, alongside another yet-to-be-announced kitchen space. Another coffee bar at Inter/Section’s Mary Street end will be used for pop-up appearances by a rotating roaster, which will showcase its product and values on a more concentrated level. Inter/Section’s look will be based on modern-industrial aesthetics, with timber cladding, rendered concrete, exposed brickwork and black metal creating a raw yet contemporary materiality. Adam estimates that Coffee Anthology will open at Inter/Section by the end of November, followed by the activation of the laneway’s kitchen space in December.

This Friday will be the last day to get your hit from Coffee Anthology’s Margaret Street location, though the cafe’s coffee cart is already positioned outside Inter/Section for those curious for a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Render image courtesy of Coffee Anthology.

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