Popular New Farm brunch spot The Brunswick Project has closed, after owner Jimmy Williams couldn’t reach terms with his landlord on a new lease.

Williams opened the venue in an old Queenslander at 726 Brunswick Street in August 2017. The site had previously been somewhat cursed, with two venues closing in the space in the previous 12 months.

Williams says the key to The Brunswick Project’s success was the combination of great customer service, a laid-back atmosphere, and the food and coffee on offer. “I really pushed the boundaries in terms of what we were doing with food,” he says. “Some of the dishes were borderline restaurant-style but in a cafe setting and with cafe prices.”

Williams says the decision to close three months ago was a hard one. The venue had built up a loyal following during its almost two-year tenure. “But at the same time it’s been a blessing for me personally,” he says. “I had already started working on other projects so it’s meant I can put all my time and effort into those.”

While he won’t reveal the details just yet, Williams says one work in progress will open in Bulimba in the second half of 2020. “It’s definitely going to shake Bulimba up,” he says. “I’m going to be doing things my way.”

He has no plans to reopen The Brunswick Project elsewhere at this stage, citing Brisbane’s high commercial rents. “Cafes can’t sustain that sort of cost,” he says.

Broadsheet understands a new restaurant will soon open in The Brunswick Project’s former premises.