Restaurateurs Erica and George Gregan and David Wang and Janet Cao will open restaurants this week on King Street, the new urban hub in the heart of Brisbane Showgrounds.

Erica and George Gregan will operate both a bar and all day dining bistro, The George, and a separate espresso bar, GG Espresso, under the new Kingsgate commercial building, alongside David Wang and Janet Cao’s Fat Dumpling.

These will be the second Brisbane locations for both concepts (The George and GG Espresso can also be found at 111 Eagle Street; Fat Dumpling can also be found at 368 Brunswick Street).

Later this year, they’ll be joined by Il Verde, from Brisbane restaurateur Simon Barakat — the brain behind The Defiant Duck at Gasworks. Il Verde will offer modern Italian cuisine in a casual setting.

“This is just the start of a number of amazing initiatives for King Street, which we look forward to sharing with Brisbane over the coming months,” says Brisbane Showgrounds project director Andrew Hay.

“Being able to deliver quality amenity through the new, vibrant King Street is one of the most exciting elements of the showgrounds’ transformation — creating a great place to live both by day and by night.

“The George and Fat Dumpling are both excellent offerings and provide residents living at the Brisbane Showgrounds and surrounds, and also local workers, with some great dining options.”

The George on King Street will be open daily, Monday through Friday, for breakfast and lunch, with drinks and share plates available on Thursday and Friday nights.

Fat Dumpling will open Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 2:30pm, and Thursday to Saturday, 5:30pm to 9:30pm.