Brisbane City’s new specialty coffee and salad outlet Only. delivers the essentials
Although flush with top-notch specialty coffee outposts, Brisbane City’s ever-growing demand for the good stuff means that there will always be room for more. The latest addition to The City’s heaving coffee scene is Only. – a minimalist outpost tucked into the Eagle Street-end of Queen Street. The team behind Only. has chosen to hone in on two perpetually in-demand items – specialty coffee and salad – for its new nook, and time-poor inner-city workers are already responding with rapturous enthusiasm.
Arthur Graczyk and Paul Crossland have worked across a spectrum of hospitality hotspots – enough to know what it takes to make a full-service cafe tick. For their new joint venture Only. Specialty Coffee the boys decided to take a different approach, cutting away excess while focusing only the essentials. They realised that if there’s anything busy workers need above all else, it’s a caffeine fix and nutritious fare, so Arthur and Paul locked in an offering of salads, snacks and specialty coffee to go. Only. has been constructed within a blank shell that housed a 7/11 two years ago, but has remained empty in the interim. Much like the food and coffee Arthur and Paul decided to keep things simple with the fit-out, settling on a minimal and clean aesthetic that promotes flow and foregrounds the pops of colour of the vibrant salads and spiffy branding.
Only. Specialty Coffee runs an espresso-based coffee service, leading with a house blend from Five Senses, as well as rotating single origins and feature roasters. A six-strong salad selection is made fresh with by plant-based cuisine whiz Adrienne Jory at The Whole Box Co, with new intolerance-friendly recipes added weekly. Croissants stuffed with provolone, prosciutto and onion jam round out the savoury selection, while canelés from Bella and Tortie and cakes from Alphabet Cafe offer a delightful selection of sweets to choose from.
If you need a coffee and salad fix, Only. Specialty Coffee is now open. Head to the Stumble Guide for more details.
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