Restaurateurs Erica and George Gregan and David Wang and Janet Cao will be the first retailers to open on King Street, the new retail and dining hub in the heart of the Brisbane Showgrounds precinct.

The Gregans will operate a bar and all day dining bistro, The George, and a separate espresso bar, GG Espresso, under the new Kingsgate commercial building.

They already run a bistro and espresso bar with the same names at 111 Eagle Street.

“Both George and I are very fond of Brisbane, and we have a long history with the city,” Erica says.

“Brisbane has a passion for great coffee and food and the new venue will deliver this throughout the working week.

“The menu has been designed by our Executive Chef, Paul Cvetko-Lueger, from 111 Eagle Street and he will oversee the new venue. Our customers can enjoy the same style of quality food at bistro prices.

“Inititally the cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch, with drinks and share plates enjoyed on Thursday and Friday nights.”

The Gregans will be joined on King Street by David Wang and Janet Cao, who will open their second Fat Dumpling restaurant there. The first has quickly become a Brunswick Street staple.

“Customers can look forward to experiencing our authentic signature dumplings, and home-style dishes from our family recipes,” says David Wang.

“My wife Janet hand-makes our dumplings and my daughter, architect Ting, is designing the internal fit-out.”

Kingsgate, the first commercial office building on King Street, opened in June 2015, and in February, Rydges Hotel — including the Paddock Bar and Six Acres restaurant — opened its doors.

The Green, the first residential stage of the development, welcomed its first resident last September and The Yards, made up of 401 contemporary apartments including street level terraces, is under construction, and due to be completed by mid-next year.

The George, GG Espresso and Fat Dumpling will open in the coming months, but exact opening dates have yet to be announced.