When Casablanca nightclub closed in mid-2016, Steve Minon and Matthew Bailey (of Harajuku Gyoza and Nitrogenie) swooped.
They reinvigorated the site with a minimal colour palette of green, wood and exposed brick. Large windows catch the breeze drifting down from Petrie Terrace and funnel it through a communal bar. Kerbside tables speak to the casual nature of the venue, drawing in passers-by off the street. Behind the central bar, the large silver tanks of the small-batch brewery system are a commanding feature.
Matt Glanville (Bacchus) is in charge of in-house brewing, and is offering a core range of sessional beers (lager, pale ale, apple cider) as well as showing off his creativity with some more experimental drops (coffee IPA).
Behind the grill Matt Fosker (The Story Bridge Hotel) works with Ryan Squires (Esquire) on a menu of simple combinations and quality ingredients.
Burgers are priced below the $15 mark, and feature combinations such as a Classic Cheeseburger (cheddar, ketchup, mustard, onion and pickle) or the Pork Burger (smoked pulled pork, slaw, mint, coriander).
Frites are available in plain or loaded and you can choose from a wide selection of fritzensalts for seasoning – offerings vary from roast chicken to Vegemite and beetroot.
For dessert, save room for an Ice Cream Burger (milk bun, chocolate ice-cream patty, strawberries, raspberry “ketchup”, fondant “lettuce” and custard “mustard”).
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