Old-world hospitality made a comeback in 2021 with the early-September opening of Mr. Badger’s – a New York-inspired deli, sandwich shop, pizzeria and bar. Owned and operated by the duo of Dan Rodriguez and Adam Pykett (of Canvas Club and Electric Avenue fame), Mr Badger’s is a singular snack and sip spot that also looks to pay homage to Brisbane’s history. Mr Badger’s draws its namesake from Joseph Stillman Badger, chief electrical engineer and general manager of Brisbane Tramway Co. who helped establish the tram system that often terminated in Woolloongabba. This old-world approach has resulted in a warm decorative aesthetic anchored by a scratch-built replica of a 1900s tram car in the middle of the space, furnished with comfy leather booths to sink into. The rest of the space has been crafted from recycled materials, with a deli cabinet, back bar and loads of memorabilia sourced second-hand. Pastries, deli-style sandwiches and coffee from Black Sheep will be central to the daytime offering, with six kinds of sandwiches (and three bagel sandwiches) made from breads, meats and cheeses sourced from local suppliers. Later in the day, Mr Badger’s switches to a snack, deli plate and Detroit-style pizza-centric offering, bolstered by a small selection of beers, wines and bottled cocktails from Canvas and Electric Avenue.