Beloved New Farm cafe Joedy’s expands with new Fortitude Valley locale Joedy’s by Eminence
If a cafe can survive a pandemic-induced lockdown the week it opens to the public, it can probably survive anything. In the case of New Farm brunch spot Joedy’s Cafe, it not only survived, but thrived. The beloved hideaway managed to successfully navigate Brisbane’s early lockdown period, going on to flourish into a perpetually busy hive of epicurean activity. Joedy’s Cafe’s reputation has spread to the team at Mosaic Property Group, which has enlisted the team to bring an expansion concept to the base of The Eminience on McLachlan Street in Fortitude Valley. In addition to delivering the cafe’s established menu of classics and grab-and-go goodies, Joedy’s by Eminence is also overseeing the building’s private rooftop event space – a sky terrace boasting stunning city views and an array of eats and drinks curated and executed by the Joedy’s team.
How does one follow up and build upon the opening of a successful cafe? If you ask Joedy Kyle, his answer would likely be ‘do something different’. Free tables are a rare commodity at Joedy’s Cafe on weekends, with brunch fiends leaving nary an ort on their plates nor a drop of coffee in their cups. The team behind Mosaic Property Group can be counted among this frenzied throng, with members of the company regularly stopping in to savour Joedy’s menu and his team’s whip-sharp service model first-hand. When Mosaic approached Joedy with the opportunity to open a second cafe at the base of The Eminence one suburb over in Fortitude Valley, the offer came with an additional boon – the chance to oversee all private functions held on the building’s 245-sqm rooftop terrace, which boasts views of Brisbane City’s skyline and The Valley’s surrounds. The space’s sky-high exclusivity, the versatility afforded by its amenities, its unbeatable location and limitless potential quickly swayed Joedy to sign on, and soon work commenced on rebranding the ground-floor eatery and curating the food and beverage packages for the rooftop. The terrace, which boasts a rough capacity of 130 guests, boasts a malleable layout courtesy of built-in partitions, moveable furniture and handy audio-visual facilities. Interested parties can book out the entire roof for everything from corporate events and product launches to blow-out birthday soirees and seated wedding receptions, with Joedy’s own curated packages dishing up pan-Asian-inspired eats and drinks – think simple beer-and-wine offerings to more lavish cocktail menus.
Joedy’s by Eminence sits in the chic and minimal ground-floor cafe space, with a simple and elegant aesthetic that is a touch more refined than New Farm’s charmingly eclectic and mismatched appeal. The 60-seater cafe looks to deliver an experience that sits at a mid-point between James Street’s high-end nosheries and The Valley’s low-key laneway institutions, with an offering that features most of New Farm’s established breakfast and lunch menu, plus some grab-and-go options geared more towards The Valley’s office-bound clientele. During the week, folks can slip in and order salad, sandwiches or a sweet treat to go, or slide into a seat and linger over a plate of miso mushrooms, beetroot hummus, porcini dusted egg and truffled ricotta on sourdough, black-rice pudding with spiced-coconut yoghurt and mango compote, spiced beef-cheek ragu gnocchi, or panko chicken katsu bowl. Like its New Farm sibling, Joedy’s by Eminence also boasts a small retail selection stocked with pantry stuffers, artisanal chocolate and home-brew coffee apparatus. Specialty coffee from Bellissimo, refreshing juices and a small liquor selection forms much of the cafe’s beverage offering, serving to help guests fuel up and unwind.
Joedy’s by Eminence is now open to the public. Head to the Stumble Guide to find operating hours and menu details or two make a booking enquiry regarding the rooftop terrace.
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