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Word on the street: foodie news

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Salad lovers, rejoice! Brissie institution Botanica Real Food is bringing their colourful salads, savoury tarts and sweet treats to Hawthorne Road’s new Two Sixty Five dining and retail precinct. Opening up on Monday, January 25 (guess that’s your public holiday lunch sorted!), the new Hawthorne outpost joins the original venue in Red Hill, alongside locations in Teneriffe and Camp Hill, with a fifth to come later in 2021!

One of Brisbane’s most acclaimed groups is expanding, with the team behind Gauge and Maker opening Essa, a wine bar, on Fortitude Valley’s Robertson Street in the coming months. With a menu heavy on simple seafood serves and house-made charcuterie, Essa is set to be another classy wine- and cocktail-sipping spot for the Valley.

Speaking of expansions, Noosa and Broadbeach’s Miss Moneypenny’s is coming to town, with owner Ben Walsh currently scouting out sites! With a similar modern Mediterranean menu to the existing venues expected to be delivered by Executive Chef Adam Dundas-Taylor, this is one gal we can’t wait to meet.

Sorry, northside foodies, but your golden girl Elska is relocating! The Nordic-influenced degustation joint is packing up shop and moving to New Farm to take over the space vacated by dearly departed Allium. Not to worry, Elska devotees; bookings for mid-February and onwards are already open!

Back in the city, coffee, pizza and cocktails favourite Coppa Spuntino has reopened in a flash new location on Eagle Street Pier! Serving up their beloved classic Italian fare (sans the pizzas…for now) and vibrant cocktails, the new site (which is bright, breezy and textural) is sure to uphold the legacy of the former location.


2021’s already looking up!


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