Brisbane City’s brunch and bar scene scored a boost in October 2020 with the official opening of the new-look Mr. Claude. The cafe, owned and operated by the Corbett & Claude, Comuna Cantina and Tetto Rooftop Bar crew, has been operating since August 2015 as an unassuming laneway grab-and-go coffee nook, but received an Italian-inspired glow up in anticipation of the group’s takeover of the ground-floor tenancies at the base of the The Annex on Creek Street. Mr. Claude 2.0 joins Comuna Cantina as anchor tenants at the base of The Annex, helping occupy the 750-sqm external space lining Creek Street that will be activated day and night. The interior’s of Mr. Claude’s new locale is a far cry from the original’s industrial aesthetic, boasting a fresh and clean look predicated on a palette of white and sage green, with a green-marble countertop imported from northern Italy. Mr. Claude is currently offering a simple grab-and-go offering featuring its own coffee blend and cannolis courtesy of My Kitchen Rules stars Jake and Elle Harrison, as well as a nighttime bar-style pivot serving cocktails, beer, wine and Italian-inspired bar snacks. The cafe will launch a full breakfast menu later in December 2020 coinciding with Comuna Cantina’s launch.