Damian Griffiths has transformed his late-night pizza joint Alfredo’s Pizzeria into Alf’s Place, a venue anyone can take over to run their own pop-up restaurant. If you fancy trying your arm, Griffiths wants to give you the opportunity, and he’s got the space to do so.
“When people do pop-up restaurants, it’s quite complicated because there’s a whole bunch of red tape,” Griffiths says. “[Alf’s Place] makes it really easy.”
After four years of operation, Griffiths thought Alfredo’s Pizzeria was tired and needed a new concept. He’s planning to launch a new restaurant in the New Year, but instead of leaving the space vacant until then, he created Alf’s Place.
“I put the feelers out to see if anyone wanted to do [a pop-up] and I was quite surprised with the response,” Griffiths says. “We get chefs, but we [also] get enquiries from people who aren’t qualified chefs.”
The first pop-up is Sticky Fingers Smokehouse, a traditional Texas barbeque restaurant by Joshua Lawson, who currently works for Griffiths. Running from September 14 to 16, and September 21 to 23, Lawson will fire up his smoker and dish out pork spare ribs, grain-fed beef brisket, smoked sausages and more, along with sides such as mac ‘n’ cheese and coleslaw.
Afterwards, Danielle Dixon of Bucci will take over and launch the Midnight Dining Club, a concept inspired by the Netflix series Midnight Diner. The pop-up will run from 11pm to 2am, serving a short menu as well as a "pantry" list: customers can pick their ingredients and Dixon will make something for them. This pop-up runs September 28 to 30, and October 5 to 7.
“We have at least five in the pipeline,” Griffiths says. “We’re hoping that once people see it going, we’ll get more enquiries.”
39 Alfred St, Fortitude Valley
Hours (Sticky Fingers Smokehouse)
Sep 14 to Sep 17 5pm until sold out
Sep 21 to Sep 23 5pm until sold out
Hours (Midnight Dining Club)
Sep 21 to Sep 23 11pm–2am
Oct 5 to Oct 7 11pm–2am