It’s no secret 100 Burgers Group founder Daragh Kan has an eye for locations. His Melbourne food-truck hangout, Welcome to Thornbury bustles within an old petrol station.
Now, its soon-to-open Brisbane equivalent Welcome to Bowen Hills is set to shelter its main bar in the former cattle shed of the Brisbane Showgrounds, with a gin bar, Swill, occupying the old Sugar Pavilion.
“We’ll tap into the nostalgia of the Ekka and tip our hat to that part of Brisbane’s history,” venue manager David Ashford says. “That’s the precinct we’re in.
“We’ve got three-to-four daily rotating food trucks, marquee operators in the laneway and a more permanent pop-up kitchen in maybe four to six weeks. Then we have our own Milk Bar, which we’ll be managing.”
The main Milk Bar area houses the biggest bar on-site, with 68 taps boasting 17 different products from Stone & Wood, 4 Pines, Green Beacon, Fat Yak and others. Unpasteurised beer will pour from four 250-litre copper vats hanging above the bar. It will also serve desserts and milkshakes. Derlot’s Alexander Lotersztain has designed the bar spaces in-line with the fun Ekka-throwback feeling.
Festivals such as a hot sauce and chilli festival, a rose and cheese festival, and a chicken nugget festival are all in the works, with smaller community events such as trivia, yoga nights and a live brewing class also on the cards.
Welcome to Bowen Hills will open February 14. Its gin bar Swill will open mid–late March. Open Wednesday and Thursday 5pm–midnight, Friday to Sunday 11am–midnight. Food Truck and event schedules can be found here.