Pavement Whispers: Volume 465 July 2
Pavement Whispers: Volume 465 July 2
Pavement Whispers: Volume 465 July 2
Pavement Whispers: Volume 465 July 2

Pavement Whispers: Volume 465 July 2

From news of The Star Brisbane’s official opening date to a progressive dinner at three Woolloongabba favourites, 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 …

Stanley Street Soiree
Three beloved Woolloongabba venues will be teaming up to host an intimate evening of eats on Thursday July 18. Andy Ashby, head chef and owner of C’est Bon, has recruited neighbours Clarence and Can You Keep a Secret? to collaborate on Stanley Street Soiree, a progressive dinner that will see guests enjoy a selection of special morsels at each venue. Guests will start the evening at 6:00 pm in The Cellar at C’est Bon, where they will enjoy a glass of sparkling, crullers topped with sour creme, chives and caviar, and ravioles du dauphine with lobster and butternut-pumpkin bisque. From there, diners will move to Clarence to devour Berkshire pork loin with Jerusalem artichokes and black garlic bearnaise alongside bread and two sides to share. Finally, the assembled will finish the night at Can You Keep A Secret? for live music and petit fours. A strictly limited number of tickets are available for Stanley Street Soiree for $89 per person, with an optional wine pairing on offer for an additional fee. Only 30 tickets are available – head to the C’est Bon website to snag yours now.

The Gibson
A brand-new sports club has opened in Stafford, one fuelled by a love for play and a desire to bring new and old friends together. The Gibson on Stafford Road officially opened to the public on Monday June 24, lifting the lid on a calming, relaxed and family-friendly venue boasting a restaurant, a cafe, a cocktail bar, a sports bar and two big outdoor green spaces. Equipped with a number of big-screen TVs, The Gibson’s sports bar is a place to gather mates and watch all of the big-time fixtures, while The Gibson Bar is where guests can grab expertly crafted cocktails and a curated selection of beers and wines. The restaurant draws upon Southeast Queensland’s abundance of top-notch produce to fashion a menu of gastropub-style fare – think crispy skinned pork belly with pumpkin puree, slow-braised lamb shanks, steak sandwiches, white miso grilled prawns, pizzas and truffle beef burgers. The Gibson’s cafe is a handy spot to nab a pick-me-up, with barista-brewed coffee, milkshakes, thickshakes, pastries and sweets available until the evening. Of the two large outdoor spaces, one is perfect for children to play on, while the other is dedicated to barefoot bowls. Seating out the back of the venue looks directly onto Gibson Park. Head to the Stumble Guide for more details.

Fortitude Valley’s nightlife heartbeat will soon thump a little bit harder, with immersive party destination Enigma looking to set a new benchmark for nightclubs in Australia when it opens on Brunswick Street Mall next month. The latest concept from Hallmark Hospitality (the group behind Lefty’s Music Hall, Hey Chica! and Maggie May) is expanding its portfolio with the new dance spot, which draws influence from the glitzy mega clubs of Ibiza, Miami and Las Vegas. The crew has given the space a no-expense-spared $9.3-million fit-out, with a vivid aesthetic envisioned by acclaimed interior designer Borhan Ghofrani alongside Space Cubed Studio and BSPN Architecture. In addition to an LED light walkway and a dance floor boasting its own mesmerising visuals (and a roster of resident DJs keeping the rhythm upbeat), Enigma will also be equipped with a exclusive VIP areas offering premium bottle options and signature cocktails. Keep your eyes peeled for more on Enigma ahead of its opening in August.

And, in case you missed the news yesterday …

The Star Brisbane
After months of anticipation, we now finally have the official word on when Queen’s Wharf will open to the public. Over the weekend, The Star Brisbane announced details of its launch, which will take place as part of the $3.6-billion riverside precinct’s phased opening. Commencing on Thursday August 29 and progressing into the latter stage of the year, The Star Brisbane and Queen’s Wharf will welcome a raft of new restaurants, bars, public spaces and retail destinations. Leading the charge on day one will be the opening of five-star, 340-room accommodation destination The Star Grand and The Star’s main casino floor and premium gaming rooms. Also launching first will be previously announced venues, including entertainment hub Livewire, a new iteration of The Star’s sprawling Sports Bar, lavish cocktail bar Cherry, a revamped version of celebrity chef Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle restaurant and Japanese-inspired concept Sokyo Brisbane.

The precinct will also be cutting the ribbon on 7.4-ha of public space, including the Neville Bonner Bridge, the Bicentennial Bikeway, Miller Park, the Sky Deck viewing platform and the Leisure Deck on level seven. After this flurry of immediate activity, The Star Brisbane will progressively unveil a string of other aspects throughout September, including The Terrace’s dining offering, Sky Deck’s trio of eateries, and The Landing and Finger Wharves – newly created green public spaces that are expected to open after Riverfire. You can read all about The Star Brisbane’s grand opening plans here.

If you’ve heard something that’s worth mentioning in The Weekend Edition’s Pavement Whispers, email [email protected].

The Stumble Guide is our comprehensive Brisbane dining guide with more than 2400 places to eat, drink, shop and play.


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