A blast of modern nostalgia provides a retro alternative in the Grey Street precinct.

South Bank is one of Brisbane’s premier dining destinations with multiple cuisines and dining experiences lining the Brisbane River and adjacent streets. This month to add a shot of playful Americana to the mix, Harun Gencerler, owner of Next Door Kitchen Bar on Little Stanley Street, is opening a retro chic diner on 23 October, and he believes it will have something for everyone.

“Whether you want to come in early for some fresh hot pancakes and a cup of coffee, or late for an apple pie with lashing of cream and a nightcap on the side, we’ll have something for you,” he says.

These extended hours, along with Budweiser and Manhattans on the drinks menu, will be a hit with the South Bank crowds. According to Gencerler the decore will be inspired by the American diners made famous by films and television: think Grease and Happy Days.

“We are creating a space that captures the classic American diner image – think tall and frosty milkshakes, swivelling bar stools, cosy booths, and a pumping jukebox.”

The South Side Diner will fill a gap in the Brisbane dining line up, and considering many of the other American customs Australians have adopted, it’s surprising no one has opened a traditional diner in the heart of Brisbane earlier.

The Diner will be open seven days a week 7:30am – Late. Phone: (07) 338443040, shop B8/B9 168 Grey Street, South Bank.