Pavement Whisper: Hellenika's Simon Gloftis to open all-vegetarian eatery Sunshine on James Street

Pavement Whisper: Hellenika’s Simon Gloftis to open all-vegetarian eatery Sunshine on James Street

With two of Brisbane’s most-acclaimed restaurants under his belt, seasoned restaurateur Simon Gloftis is set to boost his James Street footprint with forthcoming Mediterranean-inspired concept Sunshine. Swapping the fine-dining feel of its sibling restaurants for a laid-back street-side atmosphere, Sunshine will look to further brighten up The Valley’s most in-demand promenade with an offering of vegetarian fare, organic biodynamic wines and relaxed vibes.

When Hellenika and SK Steak & Oyster opened at The Calile in 2018 and 2019 respectively, it helped cement James Street’s reputation as one of Brisbane’s leading dining precincts. With numerous accolades and rave reviews to spare, any word of a new project from the brains behind both ventures is bound to excite local foodies. Hellenika founder Simon Gloftis, alongside business partners Theo Kampolis and Kelvin Andrews, has announced the first tantalising details of his third James Street concept Sunshine, which is set to open in the site previously occupied by Chow House later this year.

The venture, which Simon has described as a passion project five years in the making, will see the team shift gears from the high-end dining experience of its restaurants at The Calile, opting for a pared-back approach that is relaxed and accessible but no less adventurous. Here the fare will draw influence from the nourishing food Simon grew up with – we’re talking Mediterranean delights with an all-vegetarian focus. Most notably, Sunshine will offer counter service from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, with trays of stuffed tomatoes, beans and salads on display for express point-and-plate efficiency across both dine-in and takeaway orders. Thirsty patrons will also be free to sip juices, fresh lemonade iced tea, cocktails and organic biodynamic wines from Sunshine’s beverage list. A major refurbishment process will see the interior of the space converted to house the kitchen, counter and condiment table (laden with chilli, olive oil and assorted vinegars), while Sunshine’s 80-patron dining space will be entirely outdoor. Expect a breezy buzzing boulevard atmosphere that draws aesthetic inspiration from modern Mykonos – think muted tones and coastal day-club vibes that will suit sun-soaked afternoon snacking and post-dusk dinners.

Sunshine will open to the public in the coming months. Stay tuned for updates! 

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