Brisbanites will soon be lapping up the laneway love in M&A Lane’s, the newest dining precinct in Fortitude Valley.
The McLachlan and Ann street lanes will see 13 of Brisbane’s best restaurants, bars and retail outlets opening between November 2013 and February 2014 as part of Laing O’Rourke’s new $250million Laneway of Love mixed use development.
With fit-outs well underway, the first two restaurants to open include Mighty Mighty and Papa Jack’s. Both are expected to welcome their first customers in the last week of November.
Mighty Mighty is the brainchild of co-owners Simon O’Brien and Clayton Burns with chef Adam Herbert overseeing the American barbecue smokehouse menu. Melt-in-the-mouth grilled meats, boutique brews, smoked cocktails and snifters of fine whiskey will keep urban cowboys satisfied.
Papa Jack’s is a New Orleans inspired bar and restaurant created by well-known Brisbane restaurateurs Emily and Marco Nunes (of multi-award winning Canvas Cocktail & Wine Bar). Papa Jack’s will serve Creole cuisine from breakfast through to dinner with chef Grant Skinner (ex Libertine at Paddington Barracks) heading up the kitchen. An enviable cocktail and drinks list will keep tempo with live jazz, blues, grassroots, R&B and soul music by local musicians.
Other gourmet offerings will soon follow with Stellarossa cafe franchise creators Darren Schultz and Phil Cronin’s coffee and pizza bar, Brisbane’s Mavris family’s third Wrapped gourmet sandwich and corporate catering store, and the Italian inspired La Locanda expected to open before Christmas. Brisbane’s first 4evermen store featuring Apple technology products, fashion and iCafe all rolled into one and convenience store, Quick & Ezy should also beat Santa’s arrival.
Early 2014 will bring a new year and more new restaurants to M&A Lane including a yet-to-be named upmarket seafood, steak and mixed platter restaurant from Chris Maggacis (Toscani’s), a yet-unnamed Asian dumpling and sushi restaurant (from Ginga and Bamboo Basket fame) and a Spanish inspired restaurant known as Gordita from popular Brisbane restaurateur Jamie Webb (Peasant, Cabiria, Leftys). Spanish chef Alfonso Ales (ex Jonah’s, Sydney) will consult on Gordita’s menu with executive chef Shaun Hunt.
The M&A lanes project has achieved a 5 star green rating for its sustainable features and also hosts a private rooftop recreation deck with a 20 metre pool, gardens and BBQ areas for exclusive use by M&A residents.
The M&A lane’s will be bound by McLachlan, Ann and Connor streets in Fortitude Valley.