An Italian restaurant and a stand-up espresso bar are the newest tenants of the $85 million Trafalgar Lane development.

Ristorante La Famiglia and Lola Coffee will join the previously announced Ribs & Burgers at Trafalgar Lane, which overlooks the Gabba.

The unique retail laneway, designed by Techne Architects (the minds behind the architecture of Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel), features raw, industrial finishes and warm timber.

Ristorante La Famiglia will occupy a prime position at ground level, facing Stanley Street. Owners Deb and Cosimo de Nichilo say the intricately designed urban laneway that connects Stanley and Trafalgar Streets is the ideal location for the family-owned authentic Italian eatery.

“We absolutely love the industrial feel of Trafalgar Lane’s retail precinct and we will be bringing the design inside by continuing the exposed brick walls, with wrought iron chandeliers hanging throughout,” Deb says.

“Cosimo was born in Puglia, Italy, and we are bringing everything we love about the country to Woolloongabba. We are inviting people into our family with a warm environment, authentic dishes such as orecchiette pasta, our favourite limoncello and an extensive wine list featuring vino from Chianti and Montepulciano.

“The chefs will cook with the freshest seasonal produce and use fresh herbs grown on a living wall in the restaurant.”

Lola Coffee, a ‘hole in the wall’ espresso bar, is owned by Corinne Chilcott, a coffee roaster by trade who’s been crowned Australian Barista Champion and a finalist in the World Barista Championships. She says Lola’s minimalist decor and stand-up bar is reminiscent of the traditional espresso bars you might find in Italy.

“Lola Coffee will feature neutral tones with white walls, concrete touches and worm wood tones which will be an interesting contrast to the laneway design,” she says.

“The cafe will be utilitarian in style, where the focus will be on the coffee. Most cafes offer food first, coffee second — we are flipping this around and making the coffee the hero.

“The southern states have embraced this kind of service and we believe Brisbane is ready for it. We are looking forward to residents and local workers forming the habit of joining us for their morning espresso before racing off to work.”

Lola Coffee will serve homemade sweets baked by Corinne and her husband Brett Chilcott, a cook by trade.

They’ll be working closely with Sydney-based coffee roaster Coffee Alchemy and chocolate factory Zokoko. Zokoko is known for roasting cacao beans from around the world to create decadent, artisan chocolate.

Trafalgar Lane is expected to be completed in May, with Ribs & Burgers set to open its second Brisbane restaurant there, following the success of its James Street venue.

More announcements about Trafalgar Lane retailers and venues are expected in coming weeks, but Pellicano Queensland development manager Michael Kent says there are still limited opportunities available for boutique cafes, bars, restaurants and service providers to secure space in the laneway.

“The laneway, which connects Stanley and Trafalgar Streets, is the focal point of the building and has been designed as a service space that has come to life, bringing a real cosmopolitan feel to the burgeoning area of Woolloongabba,” he says.

“Retailers have been drawn to the prominent position and the passing trade that comes with a Stanley Street address.

“The Gabba plays host to approximately 450,000 visitors annually. On top of this, the area is surrounded by major employment nodes such as the hospital precincts including the Mater, Greenslopes and Princess Alexandra Hospital, just minutes away, plus the captive residential population.”

Interested retailers can contact John Clark on 0419 672 781.

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