Bunker Barre – Opening Soon

The Thomas Dixon Centre has recently undergone a significant revitalisation process, upgrading the precinct’s amenities and improving the facilities for its chief tenant, Queensland Ballet. Restaurateur Simon Barakat has taken on the task of overseeing the venue’s functions and private events, but will also be opening two new dining concepts at the centre in early-2023. An as-yet-unnamed all-day bistro will be located closer to the building’s main entrance on Drake Street, while Bunker Barre will take its name from the World War II-era bunkers it will inhabit down on the basement level. Bunker Barre will be the hub’s signature lunch and dinner venue, a distinctly moodier setting for those seeking sustenance after a show. Architects Conrad Gargett (the brains behind the centre’s magnificent makeover) will work on Banker Barre’s high-end look, preserving the heritage brickwork and pairing it with a dark palette and brass accents. Seating for between 80–100 will be accommodated via a mix of stand-alone tables and booth seating (the latter of which will be set within the bunker alcoves), with a private dining space also expected to feature. As for the offering itself, we hear that Bunker Barre could potentially offer a refined share-style Mediterranean-inspired menu with a focus on seafood and protein, plus a range of top-shelf vino (including plenty of champagne) also likely to fill out a robust wine list.


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